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My Entry in the Susanna Leonard Hill 4th Annual Holiday Contest!!!

10 Dec

Hey! Look! It’s snowing on my blog!

WOO HOO! It’s time for the Susanna Leonard Hill 4th Annual Holiday Contest!!!

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“Write a children’s story (children here defined as approximately age 12 and under) in which wild weather impacts the holidays!  Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 350 words.  Any kind of weather will do: sun, rain, sleet, heatwave, blizzard, tsunami, monsoon, hurricane, hail, tornado, etc!  No illustration notes please.” – To see the complete rules click HERE.

To check out all of the AWESOME entries in the contest, click HERE!

 

Here is my entry. It is 345 words. I hope you like it!

 Fox’s Party

[By Me]

Once upon a time, there lived a friendly fox. You may say to yourself, “Foxes are not friendly,” but this fox had a change of heart after having an argument with a very angry, somewhat huge bunny three seasons ago over what to have for dinner (the fox wanted to eat the bunny and the bunny disagreed). The bunny, having won the argument, made the fox promise to eat only fish and vegetables from then on, and so he did. Since then, fox’s dinner parties have become legendary in the hollow.

This year Fox planned to have his Christmas feast early, before it got too cold, so that the creatures who hibernate could be at the party.

Fox couldn’t wait for the animals to arrive. Bunny, Deer, Squirrel and Turkey were coming, as well as Bear, Chipmunk, Toad and Raccoon!

The fruit punch was iced, the Jell-O cubes were stacked. The broccoli soup was… cold? The fish tart was… FROZEN!

A wintry wind sent a shiver through Fox. “It shouldn’t be this cold.” Then Fox felt something. SNOW! Something was wrong. “If winter sets in now, my hibernating friends will not come to my party.”

Everything was frosting over- FROST! That was it, JACK FROST!

Fox ran up Mount Shivery to Frost’s Palace.

“Excuse me Mr. Frost,” Fox said. “You don’t seem to realize that it is a bit early for this wintery cold. I was about to have an early Christmas feast and-“

“Yes, but it is winter, Fox,” Frost snapped. “So, toddle back to your hollow, and leave me alone.” The icy Jack wouldn’t budge.

Fox dragged his tail down the mountain. The celebration was ruined. But Fox, even though he was friendly, was still sly. Fox saw Sun behind the clouds and he got an idea.

“Sun!” Fox called out. “Sun, would you like to come to our Christmas feast? It is in the hollow! Please stop by. You will be our guest of honor!”

Sun smiled at the invitation and her glow warmed the hollow just long enough for the feast.

Blog Tour and $100 Give Away! A Year In The Secret Garden by Valarie Budayr

30 Nov

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About the Book

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Title: A Year in the Life of the Secret Garden | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters | Publication Date: November, 2014 | Publisher: Audrey Press | Pages: 144 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 99

Book Description: Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book.Over 140 pages, with 200 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. A Year In the Secret Garden is our opportunity to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.

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A Year In The Secret Garden
By Valarie Budayr
143 pages – ages 5+
Published by Audrey Press (2014)

What I liked about this book- This was a fun and unique activity book! Ms. Budayr has written a wonderful book, full of monthly activities, which is awesome by itself, but she also bases it on a classic book – The Secret Garden! Along with the crafts, recipes, and other fantastic stuff, Ms. Budayr has “Character Studies” which tell a little about the main characters and/or the time period that “The Secret Garden” takes place in. It is a great way of learning a bit more about a book that you really like. I think that I will reread The Secret Garden – with this marvelous book right beside me! I like how the activities and text of the book tie into every month of the year.

My little sister, Josie, was looking at the book, and she decided that she wanted to try an activity. She chose a bird-feeder (a December activity).

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She gathered up all the things on the materials list in the book.

Then she spread peanut butter all over the toilet paper roll.

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Then, she carefully rolled the roll [*hee hee*] through some birdseed, thoroughly coating it.

 

 

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She cut a ribbon at a desired length, slid it through the roll, and tied it.

 

 

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Then she hung it up in a local pine tree that was in our yard!

 

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And there it is!

About the Author: Valarie Budayr

Valarie BudayrValarie Budayr loves reading and bringing books alive. Her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com, inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure.

She is founder of Audrey Press, an independent publishing house, as well as an Amazon and iTunes best-selling author. She has written The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Valarie is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and encouraging families and schools to pull books off the shelves and stories off the pages.

 

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About the Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters

Marilyn Scott-WatersMarilyn Scott-Waters loves making things out of paper. Her popular website, www.thetoymaker.com, receives 2,000 to 7,000 visitors each day, who have downloaded more than six million of her easy-to-make paper toys. Her goal is to help parents and children spend time together making things.

She is the creator of a paper toy craft book series The Toymakers Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling), and The Toymakers Workshop: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling). She is also the co-creator with J. H. Everett of the middle grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories, (Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt Books for Young Readers). Ms. Scott-Waters illustrated The Search For Vile Things (Scholastic), and created paper engineering for Pop & Sniff Fruit (Piggy Toes Press).

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A Year in the Secret Garden Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

EXPLORING SEPTEMBER

November 1

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch)

Coffee Books & Art (Guest Post)

WS Momma Readers Nook (Book Review)

November 2

Cherry Mischievous (Excerpt)

Hope to Read (Excerpt)

November 3

Eloquent Articulation (Book Review)

Enter Here Canada (Excerpt)

EXPLORING OCTOBER

November 4

BeachBoundBooks (Excerpt)

Books, Babies and Bows (Book Review)

November 5

Monique’s Musings (Book Review)

November 6

SOS-Supply (Book Review)

EXPLORING NOVEMBER

November 7

Randomly Reading (Book Review)

November 8

Adalinc to Life (Book Review)

EXPLORING DECEMBER

November 9

100 Pages a Day (Book Review)

November 10

Edventures With Kids (Book Review)

EXPLORING JANUARY

November 11

Icefairy’s Treasure Chest (Book Review)

November 12

Girl of 1000 Wonders (Book Review)

EXPLORING FEBRUARY

November 13

Seraphina Reads (Guest Post)

November 14

Juggling Act Mama (Book Review)

EXPLORING MARCH

November 15

Pragmatic Mom (Author/Illustrator Interview)

Purple Monster Coupons (Excerpt)

November 16

Stacking Books (Book Review)

EXPLORING APRIL

November 17

Oh My Bookness (Book Review)

November 18

Crystal’s Tiny Treasures (Book Review)

EXPLORING MAY

November 19

The Blended Blog (Book Review)

November 20

All Done Monkey (Book Review)

November 21

Geo Librarian (Book Review)

Grandbooking (Author/Illustrator Interview)

EXPLORING JUNE

November 22

My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews (Book Review)

November 23

Christy’s Cozy Corners (Book Review)

My Life, Loves and Passions (Book Review)

November 24

Bookaholic Chick (Excerpt)

Hide-N-(Sensory)-Seeking (Book Review)

EXPLORING JULY

November 25

Ninja Librarian (Guest Post)

November 26

Jane Ritz (Book Review)

Rockin’ Book Reviews (Book Review)

November 27

I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach (Book Review)

EXPLORING AUGUST

November 28

Deal Sharing Aunt (Book Review)

November 29

Mommynificent (Book Review)

November 30

This Kid Reviews Books (Book Review)

Java John Z’s (Author/Illustrator Interview)

 

* $100 Blog Tour Giveaway *

Amazon 100 gift card

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: December 7, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Interview with Author/Illustrator Jeff Mack!

11 Nov
A few Fridays ago I nominated DUCK IN THE FRIDGE by Jeff Mack (Published by Two Lions on September 2, 2014) as a perfect picture book (see the review HERE). Mr. Mack has written and illustrated numerous picture and chapter books (see more at JeffMack.com ), some of which I have reviewed on my site. I am quite a fan of Mr. Mack’s work.  Today I am happy to have him as a guest on my blog! Read on to enjoy learning more about Mr. Mack’s writing and illustrating process!
 
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Erik – When I saw the title of your book – Duck in the Fridge, I knew I had to have the book! How did you come up with such an awesome title?
 
Mr. Mack – I took the title from a line in the book.  When I started writing this story seven years ago, the first sentence I thought of was “I don’t know how the duck got in the fridge, but he made a huge mess.” To me, this sounded like a great way to start a story, a real attention grabber that made me wonder what would happen next. The trouble was, it took me a long time to figure out what happened next. After many revised drafts, I added the parts about the father at the beginning and at the end. And I moved that first sentence about the duck in the fridge closer to the middle. But the title stayed exactly the same.
 
 Erik –  You are right about it being an attention grabber! Why a duck and not a squirrel or a bunny?
 
Mr. Mack – Well, if you think about it in a certain way, it’s not so rare to keep a duck in the fridge. Or at least duck leftovers. I like that it sounds as if I’m talking about two different things: either a roast duck or a quacking duck. If I called it “Turkey in the Fridge” or “Tuna Fish in the Fridge”, the joke might be too obvious. But if it was a bunny or a squirrel in the fridge, at least on one level, it would be too creepy.
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Erik –  Well I for one am glad it was a quacking duck in the fridge not a roasted one! As an author/illustrator, what’s your favorite part – writing or illustrating or do you enjoy both?
 
Mr. Mack – My favorite part is telling a story. With picture books, I think the writing and illustrating are difficult to separate. Drawing pictures in a sequence is one way to write. Each picture represents a whole bunch of words. And the sequence creates the plot. Then the actual words provide extra info that adds meaning to those pictures. The two parts, writing and illustrating, work together to tell the complete story. So, basically, I like both.
 
Erik – Mr. Mack sent along some sketches from his book DUCK IN THE FRIDGE. It’s cool to see how the sketches get turned into the illustrations in the book and how they change from the original idea.
 
Erik – Did your dad tell you wacky stories like this (I know mine does ;) )?
 
Mr. Mack – Yes, all the time. He still does. I’ve heard them all a million times, but he keeps telling them. And they never get old. Well, almost never.
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Erik –  Ha ha! I know what you mean about “almost never.” What is your favorite fairytale of all?
 
Mr. Mack – I was always partial to Rumplestiltskin. I love the idea of a character who makes something valuable (gold) out of something worthless (straw). Isn’t that what every artist does? Spin precious metals out of horse food?
 
 Erik –  Do you have any upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?
 
Mr. Mack – Sure, I have a new picture book coming out in April called “Look!”. It’s about a gorilla who competes against a television for a little boy’s attention. It’s also about a battle between low-technology vs. high-technology, books vs. screens. So I used both low and high-tech methods to illustrate it: watercolor and digital collage. It’s a fun and interesting story, and there are only two words in the entire book. One of them is “Look.” Can you guess what the other one is?
 
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Erik – That’s a GREAT premise for a story! I will definitely be on the LOOK OUT for this one! Thank you for joining me today on This Kid Reviews Books Mr. Mack!
To learn more, please visit Jeff Mack’s website by clicking HERE!

Win a New Touch Screen Kindle Loaded with 50 Books!

3 Nov

This is a cool giveaway hosted by a great group of authors – the Emblazon Authors. I have read and reviewed a bunch of their books and I think this is a cool idea – win a Kindle pre-loaded with 50 books! The Emblazon authors write age-appropriate novels for tweens and middle school aged kids. Check out the giveaway below!

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Attention teachers, librarians, tweens, and parents of tweens! Announcing a contest just for you…

The Emblazon authors are giving away a brand new touch screen Kindle loaded with over 50 of their books. That’s a $300 value and hours of reading entertainment!

Emblazon is a collection of authors who seek to create lifelong readers by creating top-
notch literature for kids. They have a particular focus on ages 11 to 14. They’re hosting this fabulous giveaway to celebrate their first year and to treat you, the readers.

The Rafflecopter contest runs November 3 through November 17 and is open to anyone who loves tween literature.

A Rafflecopter giveaway can be found here.

Note: Signing up for the catalog is required for entry. Current subscribers are also eligible for entry. Winners must reside in the United States or Canada. (Sorry!)

 

List of Stops on the Blog Tour:

November 3rd:

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November 11th:

 

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You can help even more by sharing this post with your friends and family. If you know teachers or librarians, let them know about how awesome the Emblazoners are by sharing the link to their website: http://emblazoners.com/

My Entry in the Susanna Leonard Hill 4th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest!

27 Oct

It’s the 4th Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!!!

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Get ready for some great Halloween stories! You can check out all the entries in the contest at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog HERE and mine right below!

The rules for the contest are (copied from Ms. Hill’s blog) –

“Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkinbroomstick, and creak.   Your story can be poetry or prose, scary, funny or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!). Post your story on your blog between right now this very second and Friday October 31st by 11:59 PM EDT”

Now – onto my entry! I hope you like it!

A Halloween Errand (100 words)

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The run-down store was deserted, except for the bored check-out clerk.

I searched the shelves for the trick-or-treat candy Mom wanted.

“Pumpkins and broomsticks,” a voice whispered.

Creeeak, groaned the floorboards.

Goosebumps crawled up my back.

Wasn’t the store deserted?

“Pumpkins and broomsticks.”

Creak.

Closer.

I turned.

No one.

“Pumpkins and broomsticks.”

Creak.

My heart pounded.

Forget the candy! I’m out of here!

A hand grabbed my arm.

I spun in terror.

THEN –

PHEW!

“I can’t find the pumpkins and broomsticks,” said an elderly lady holding a shopping list. “I’m going to a party tonight. Can you help me look?”

 

 

Cover Reveal for Book 2 in the Guardian Herd Series: STORMBOUND by Jennifer Alvarez!

16 Oct

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is coming out with another book in her Guardian Herd Series, called Stormbound.

I reviewed the first book in the series, Starfire, on my blog here, and it was very awesome, so I can’t wait to read the new one!

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Ready for the reveal?!?

Drum roll please!

*badah badah badah badah*

Here it is!

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*add heavenly music*

 

Love the mystical look to the sky!

Here is the summary of the soon-to-be book (its release date is April 21, 2015 – HarperCollins Publishers)!

“When Star received his powers on his first birthday, he became the most powerful pegasus in Anok. However, many were afraid to follow the yearling colt, and they felt safer remaining with their over-stallions. The rest unified with Star and formed River Herd. But this new herd is homeless and menaced by predators, causing Star to question his ability to keep them safe. 

And then the horrible Blue Tongue plague appears, quickly sweeping through Anok and leaving terrible death and destruction in its wake. It has nearly eliminated Snow Herd and is already starting to spread into River Herd, causing panic among the pegasi. On top of this, Mountain Herd’s over-stallion, Rockwing, has plans to kidnap Morningleaf to control Star and take back Sky Meadow, a place Star has vowed never to return. But with all this happening, a greater threat has shaken Star to his core, for he does not know how to stop it.

Nightwing the Destroyer is alive and his rise to power threatens all of Anok. As much as Star wants to rely on his friends again for support, he’s afraid of the starfire he’s inherited. Star can heal, but he can also destroy, and he can’t help but question his purpose: Is he truly a healer and the one to unite the herds? Or will his dark powers overcome him?”

Isn’t that awesome?

If you want to learn more about Ms. Alvarez, check out her blog, HERE!

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Reporting from The National Book Festival in Washington DC

2 Sep

HELLO BLOGGING WORLD!

Guess what I got to do this past Saturday?

Okay, you probably guessed it from the title of my blog article.

I got to go to the National Book Festival in Washington DC!

2014natlbookfestThe 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Before this, it was held on the Mall. I think I liked it better inside because it was air-conditioned (and there were real bathrooms) but it seemed a lot more crowded than when it was outside.

What was especially cool about my visit this year was I was official -

 img314That’s right, the AWESOME owner of the The Upper Buck Free Press (click HERE to go to their Facebook page), supplied me with an official press pass (for those of you who don’t know, I write a monthly book review column for The Upper Bucks Free Press called This Kid Reviews Books :) ).

I wanted to tell you about some of the highlights of the trip and to encourage you to go next year, especially if you’ve never been to it! Since I am a kid and I am interested in Kid Lit, I am reporting on kid – friendly things at the festival. Don’t get the wrong idea, there were PLENTY of adult and young adults authors and events at the festival too, I just didn’t go to them.

The first thing I did when we got there was to hear Kate DiCamillo (National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and uber-author extraordinaire) speak. I was so anxious to hear her. I am a huge fan of her books. Ms. DiCamillo came out and announced she didn’t really like speeches and wanted to just do a question and answer with the audience – very cool. So kids mostly (why adults were afraid to ask questions, I don’t know) lined up to ask her all sorts of things. She was super funny and gave a ton of great advice and information. I asked her what it was like being the “National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature” and she said it sounded kind of scary when I said it like that and that I sounded like I should be a news reporter. :)

The best advice I think she gave was to aspiring authors. She said “read as much as you can.”  The best story she had was how Mercy Watson came to love toast with a lot of butter on it – you’ll have to ask her yourself when you go hear her speak. ;)

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Ms. DiCamillo signed books after her talk. She was supposed to be there for an hour, but she had somewhere close to 400 people in her line (me included) to get a book signed. Ms. DiCamillo stayed until the last book was signed! Nice lady. :)

I have to give a shout-out to the Junior League of Washington DC. They are a volunteer organization and their volunteers kept all the book signing lines orderly and moving. And they were all super nice! There were TONS of people waiting to get books signed and the JLW made sure everyone got to where they needed to be. A super shout out to Deidra from the JLW who answered some questions for me!

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After I got my book signed by Ms. DiCamillo – I hopped over to Jeffrey Brown and Peter Brown’s lines and got my copies of Jedi Academy #1 and My Teacher’s A Monster! (No, I am not.) signed

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Then I took a look around to see the other things at the festival.

Scholastic had a cool pavilion area where they had a bunch of bean bag chairs set up for reading and had read aloud sessions. They had coloring and craft activities and had cool swag they were giving away including Goosebumps books and Grimmtastic Girls books. Dav Pilkey was at the festival and Scholastic had a giant Captain Underpants you could get your picture taken with. I tried to get one with him, but I couldn’t get close to C.U.

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???????????????????????????????PBS Kids had a cool pavilion too. They had all sorts of activities for kids and characters from PBS shows/ I saw The Cat in the Hat at the PBS pavilion too.

???????????????????????????????There was a 50 States pavilion where all the states and US territories were represented. You got a little map that you took around and when you visited the states, you got a stamp on your map. If you visited them all, you got a squishy LEGO stress block (of course I had to get one). Each state had a book that represented the state and there was information about each state at each booth.

???????????????????????????????It was in the 50 State pavilion I had my first sighting of author/illustrator Raina Telgemeier. She wrote SMILE (loved it), a bunch of Baby Sitters Club books (Josie loves them) and her newest book is SISTERS (I just got a review copy of it – check out all her books at her website HERE). I love Ms. Telgemeier’s illustration style and, as many of you know, I am a huge graphic novel fan so I was geeking out when I saw Ms. Telgemeier just hanging out in the States pavilion. I tried to say “hi” because I wouldn’t be able to get to her signing (we had to leave before it) but missed my opportunity because she had to get shuffled off to go somewhere by whoever was in charge of those things. *sigh*

Moving along…

I signed the Declaration for the Right to Libraries presented by the American Library Association. :)

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???????????????????????????????Then I got my copy of “Dead End in Norvelt” signed by one of my new favorite people – Jack Gantos. Mr. Gantos was busy taking “selfies” with some young fans when I got up to him. As a HUGE book fan, it is so cool when you get to meet someone who’s books you really love and they turn out to be AWESOME people. Mr. Gantos is one of them. :) I am looking forward to reading his new book THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA (Book 5 in the series – Macmillan).

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???????????????????????????????Hey! There goes Raina Telgemeier again! Over by the food court!

 

???????????????????????????????At this point I decided not to try to catch up to her because A) I didn’t want to be a pest and B) if it really wasn’t her, well, that’d just be awkward.

So on to one of the HIGHLIGHTS of my visit – Molly Idle!

I went to hear Ms. Idle give a talk. I LOVE Ms. Idle’s books (and I just got Flora and the Penguin (Chronicle Books) to review so I was hoping she’d be talking about it). Ms. Idle have an AWESOME talk. She went through her new book Flora and the Penguin with us and talked about creating it. She showed us all how to draw penguins and flamingos.

BwT6Q8uCQAA8CYO.jpg largeAND she let us in on her next project – Flora and the Peacocks (Chronicle Books)! Can’t WAIT! When Ms. Idle said we could ask questions, I asked her if she listened to music or had music in her head when she does the Flora books. She said yes, and that the books were based on waltzes – even the flaps in the books are meant to keep waltz time. How cool! No wonder everything flows so well! PLUS Ms. Idle let me keep the penguin picture she drew for the talk! ;)

So, after the talk, my mom and I were standing outside the room where the talk was, looking at the schedule, when who comes around the corner? Molly Idle! I said “hi” and she asked what we were up to. My mom told her we were about to go stand in line to get books signed by her. :) Ms. Idle offered to walk over with us! She was super nice and we got to talk about all kinds of stuff.

???????????????????????????????After getting all my books and penguin picture signed by Ms. Idle, I hopped over to Anne Ursu’s book signing line. I loved The Real Boy and Breadcrumbs (Walden Pond Press) and was very excited to meet Ms. Ursu! She was very nice and even though her line was super long, she took time to say “hi” to everyone. She seemed genuinely happy to meet everyone. I love to meet authors I admire!

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 My last stop was to meet the AWESOME team of author Patrick Henry Bass and illustrator Jerry Craft! Mr. Bass’ and Mr. Craft’s new book  that just came out August 26th is called “The Zero Degree Zombie Zone.” After reading the description of it on Scholastic’s website (click HERE), I knew I had to get it and get it signed (it is total geekdom to get a book signed by both author AND illustrator). While standing in line I noticed Charisse Meloto from Scholastic (back story – when I started blogging when I was nine years old, Ms. Meloto was the very first person from any publisher to talk to me and give me encouragement for what I am doing – I haven’t seen her since I met her almost 3 years ago). I was worried Ms. Meloto wouldn’t remember me, but she did. :)

???????????????????????????????When we got up to Mr. Bass and Mr. Craft, Ms. Meloto told them my mom and I drove 5 hours to be at the event and that I review books. Mr. Bass said, with a smile, “Did he trash us?” ;) No Mr. Bass, your book is right up my alley! Both Mr. Craft and Mr. Bass were very nice and I am hoping that THE ZERO DEGREE ZOMBIE ZONE is just the first of many!

???????????????????????????????So that  was the end of my day. We had a 5 hour drive back home so I couldn’t stay for the graphic novel session :( BUT – I had a great time!

Oh and I got to crash Kate DiCamillo’s podium before she got there. ;)

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Creative Kid Thursday! Meet the Dynamic Duo Creators of “The Write Chat”!

21 Aug

Happy Creative Kid Thursday!

I had a great first day of Middle School yesterday. It’s going to be a great year! :D

Today I have a great Creative Kid Thursday for you! I am here to tell you about the launch of a new vlog called “The Write Chat” that is run by two Creative Kids! One of the Creative Kids I am sure you’ll recognize (WOO HOO I Finally make it on Creative Kids!) ;)

 

 

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That’s right, Felicia the Fantastic author of “The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets” (see my review HERE) and mastermind of the Stanley and Katrina blog (click HERE) and I are co-hosting a monthly vlog where we interview authors about their books, writing process and any other silly topic that comes to mind.

Our first guests will be coming up in September – I could tell you more about it here but why don’t you click on over to The Write Chat and you can see for yourself! Over there you can sign up to follow and get notified when we put up our monthly vlog. :D

Don’t forget to click over to The Write Chat and subscribe to our monthly interviews! You can also check out our introductory video of Felicia and me explaining what The Write Chat is about! CLICK HERE TO  GO THERE!!!!

Paddington Bear Comes to the Big Screen!

3 Jul

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This Christmas, a small bear will make a big splash.

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he  begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

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Director: Paul King
Written by: Paul King
Screenplay by: Henry Paul King
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman

I am excited to watch this movie. Paddington is so cute. It’s been a while since I read the stories, I’ll have to re-read them. I think the movie looks hilarious (but I like goofy movies ;) ). I think Paddington looks a bit tall, but I like the animation and the details in him. I’ll have to do a book vs. movie post after I see it. :) I hope you all get to see this movie when it comes out on Christmas Day, 2014!

Check out the trailer and tell me what you think of the movie Paddington.

 

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The Chocolate Challenge Stops At This Kid Reviews Books

28 Jun

C.L. Murphy awesome author extraordinaire of the Loveable Lobo series (click HERE to go to her blog) invited me to participate in the CHOCOLATE Challenge! In the chocolate challenge, you name six of your favorite books and pair them up with a type of chocolate! :)

Here is my list -

Counting Down:

dumas-three-musketeers6. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas = Milk Chocolate – old-fashioned, but still tickles your taste-buds – just like this book, a classic read to whet your sense of adventure!

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5. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan = Dark Chocolate with Coconut-filling – a slightly healthy, tasty chocolate treat – this book is incredibly amazing and you learn a little about Greek Mythology while reading a great story!

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4. Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger = Chocolate milkshake with chocolate jimmies/sprinkles – Sounds funny, tastes funny, but is still great – like this hilarious book – it sounds funny, it IS funny, and it is awesome!

 

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3. Chupacabra by Roland Smith = Chocolate with Peanut-Butter Inside – the perfect blend of flavors, like this book has the perfect blend of humor and adventure.

 

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2. The End of Infinity by Matt Myklusch = Caramel-filled milk chocolate – A tasty treat with a creamy inside – The end of Infinity is a solid ending to the Jack Blank series, and it leaves a great feeling in you.

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RedwallUSCover1. Redwall by Brian Jacques = Cookies’n’Cream white chocolate – an unhealthy pleasure to eat with lots of crunch – in this book, you don’t gain much education-wise, but it is a fun read with lots of action, adventure, and excitement!!!

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Now on to the next CHOCOLATE TAG team’s posts scheduled to go live July 5th…

I am nominating kids! :)

Rena Marthaler, of www.renawrites.com, kid-author extraordinaire of Magic the Crest.

Felicia Maziarz, of www.stanleyandkatrina.com, kid-author phenom of The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets.

Josie, of www.animalsandart.wordpress.com, kid-artist, animal lover and my little sister.

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