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1. Happy Thanksgiving from My Family to Yours

Grandma, Grandpa, and KB

I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Share a meal, share a book, share a laugh, and share love!

Mommy, KB, and Big Brother with some familiar storybook characters

Don’t eat too much, grab the Tums, go for a walk, and enjoy your life!

Grandma, Grandpa, Daddy, and KB at the zoo

Peace and love to all! Happy Thanksgiving!

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2. overcaffeinated cat drawings

Two more drawings from last week when I was feeling a bit fragile. (And yes, I'll be fine, which my mother wanted to know when she saw yesterday's two worried cat drawings.) I sometimes have this way of dealing with stress and melancholiness by staying up late and letting it build up to something very melodramatic... SO over-the-top theatrical that I have to draw it, and then I make myself laugh at how stupid I'm being.

That's a cat who shouldn't have drunk all those cups of coffee so late in the day. I used to be able to drink up to two pots of coffee before bed and sleep like a log. Weird, how my body won't let me do that anymore. But I could still drink two pots of tea and be fine.

Hey, some cheery news! At Thought Bubble comics festival in Leeds last weekend, the British Comic Awards were announced, and our NELSON book scooped this year's prize for Best Book! Hurrah!!! Thank you to our lovely publisher, Kenny Penman at Blank Slate, our editors Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix, and the 54 creators who made it happen. If you haven't read NELSON yet, do get a copy, it's a great read. (Details on the Blank Slate website.) I'm also a huge fan of the Hilda books by Luke Pearson, so get your hands on those, too.

And here are four of the NELSON creators! The four Fleece Officers briefly reunited for bubble tea. Our studio mate Ellen has moved back to New York (see her Brooklyn studio here) but she came to visit for Thought Bubble and the launch of The Strumpet, which she co-edits. Ellen, Gary and I all drew strips in NELSON and Lauren knitted a mini Nel Baker for the launch party (see her here!). Lauren's been busy with loads of fabulous projects lately, including a knitted version of Sarah Lund from The Killing and spending last week in Indonesia with Save the Children working the Craftivist Jigsaw Project. (Find out more over on her blog!)

The Fleece Station's Ellen Lindner, Lauren O'Farrell, Gary Northfield and me at Deptford's Panda Panda cafe

I was really sad not to be able to go to Thought Bubble; I definitely want to go next year. Here's the Vern that Rick Eades gave me there last time. Vern loved yesterday's sunset and scribbled lots of bad poetry and whuffled on his sousaphone while I worked on a book that doesn't include him in it. (He's slightly jealous.)

And a peek at Deptford Market, where my studio mates and I spotted Paddington Bear on our way to lunch. (Hello, Paddington!) He was lying face down in the rubble with his hat off, so I spruced him up a bit.

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3. Kids and Questions: Books for Explaining How Things Work

By Luisa LaFleur, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 22, 2012

There have been many times when my kids have stumped me with questions about their surroundings or about how things work or about why things happen. They would ask simple questions like “why do planes fly?” or “why do you have to go to work?” that I had no idea how to answer without displaying my ignorance (about planes) or my frustration (about work). I wish that I had seen any one of the following books at those times; they would have saved me lots stress and my kids would have gotten some answers.

Why Do Feet Smell?

By Gilda and Melvin Berger

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Paperback: 48 pages

Publisher: Scholastic

What to expect: Answers to intriguing questions; physiological concepts; age-appropriate information

Why Do Feet Smell? tackles some of the most common questions about our bodies—things that we have all experienced but don’t always know how to explain. It includes the answers to twenty questions such as: what’s a burp? where do freckles come from? what’s that stuff in your ears? and of course, why do feet smell? This handy paperback includes a glossary of reference terms and an index for finding information at a glance. Because of the simple explanations and colorful photographs this book is sure to be enjoyed by various ages–from the littlest pre-readers to more curious independent readers.

Little Monster Home, School and Work Book

By Mercer Mayer

Reading level: Ages 0-5

Hardcover: 92 pages

Publisher: FastPencil PREMIERE

What to expect: A guide to what goes on at home, at school and at work.

In this latest installment of the beloved Little Monster series, author Mercer Mayer sets about explaining what goes on at home, at school and at work. The guide is split into three chapters and is quite comprehensive. In the home section, we encounter Little Monster and his family and get detailed explanations of what they do in each room in their home. The chapter also tells us what happens at Little Monster’s house during different seasons—in the spring, they clean; in the summer they harvest. The chapter on school sets out Little Monster’s daily routine—from waking in the morning and getting ready to arriving at school and how to behave during the day. The chapter on work illustrates different places to work—such as at the airport or in a newspaper plant—and the many varied professions that come together in those settings. The illustrations really get to the heart of the matter and provide further insight to the clever, age-appropriate language.

Castle: How it Works
Jet Plane: How it Works

By David Macaulay

Reading level: 7-8


Publisher: Roaring Books Press (David Macaulay Studio)

What to expect: Illustrated explanations of how castles function and how jets fly. Age appropriate explanations.

These are the first two titles in what I hope will be a vast collection of books on how things work. David Macaulay has set about creating books on non-fiction topics in an illustrated format. Jet Plane: How it Works carefully illustrates a plane’s functions during taxi, take-off and landing as well as detailing the roles of the captain and explaining some of the mechanics. In Castle: How it Works, the reader is transported to the middle ages and sees how the castle walls repel enemies and protect inhabitants. The book details daily life within the castle as well as the architecture and function of the structure.

Technology: A Byte-Size World!

By Dan Green

Reading level: 10 and up

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Kingfisher

What to expect: Age appropriate explanations of technological devices and how they function in our daily lives.

The Basher Science series aims to provide in-depth knowledge of scientific concepts through age appropriate language and character-driven illustrations. In Technology: A Byte-Size World! author Dan Green provides a handbook that outlines the progression from the wheel and axle to solar and nuclear power and most everything in-between. There are entries on the digital camera, the microchip, explosives and satellites, to name just a few.

Basher Science Sticker Book: Science that Sticks!

Created by Simon Basher

Reading level: 7-10

Paperback: 20 pages

Publisher: Kingfisher

What to expect: Sticker book that illustrates the solar system, ocean life, rocks and minerals, the weather and other complex scientific concepts.

The Basher Science Sticker Book: Science that Sticks! provides younger readers with a visual description of planets and other celestial bodies in the solar system; the different geological formations found on planet Earth; and different meteorological phenomena; among other topics. The sticker book can be used alone or as a companion to the other books in the Basher Science series.

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids

By Jerome Pohlen

Reading level: 9 and up

Paperback: 126 pages

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

What to expect: A chronicle of the life of Albert Einstein; scientific experiments and explanations.

In Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids, we are introduced to Albert Einstein and given an inside glimpse of his life and the scientific experiments that led to his ground-breaking discoveries. The book includes 21 activities and thought experiments that allow young readers to explore Einstein’s ideas and test his conclusions. The book provides insight and knowledge for the curious young scientist. Makes a great starting point for further discussion and exploration.

Original article: Kids and Questions: Books for Explaining How Things Work

©2012 The Childrens Book Review. All Rights Reserved.

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4. Freedom - Josh Lacey

Last week, Lily Hyde wrote beautifully here about the Mayakovsky Museum in Moscow, which led her swiftly to a discussion of the infinite diversions offered by the internet.

Of course the internet is fabulously valuable for writers. If you want to write a novel about the Fourth Crusade, you can discover apt details about weaponry and costumes within moments. If you want to send your character to Tasmania, there's no need to fork out for a plane ticket; you can just spend a few minutes on Youtube and you'll pick up enough local information to fill a chapter.

Then there are emails to answer, blogs to write, facebook pages to update, newspapers to read, movies to watch - not to mention the constant stream of observations and witticisms demanded by twitter.

But there is an alternative.

It's called Freedom. It costs 10 dollars, but you can download it and use it for free for 90 days.

Freedom is a little program which does one simple thing: it turns off your internet.

You give it a time. Twenty minutes, perhaps, if you want to do a short burst of concentrated writing and then look up the weather forecast. Or eight hours if you're determined to cut yourself off for the entire day.

Then you're divorced from the internet.

It's just you and your computer.

Perhaps you use Freedom already. Many writers do. I saw it thanked in the acknowledgements of Zadie Smith's new novel, for instance.

Or perhaps you don't need it.

Perhaps you write in a hut on a mountantop.

Perhaps you write with a typewriter. Or a pen and paper.

Perhaps you have willpower of steel and never feel a twinge of distractability.

But if you're feeling a terrible addiction to the internet - if you're reading this, for instance, when you should be writing - then I can recommend Freedom.

Josh Lacey 

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5. Wii U & $200 Game Stop Gift Card Giveaway

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Prizes: Wii U & $200 Game Stop Gift Card 
If the winner is outside the USA they will receive the cash value in their choice of Paypal cash or Amazon Gift card NO EXCEPTIONS! 
The event dates: 11/22 12:01 am - 12/10 12:59 pm EST - Open to World Wide
The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.
Game Stop Gift Card where you can purchase all your Wii u games!
Once lucky person will win it all. For your chance simply enter via the Rafflecoper below. GOOD LUCK!

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6. Boys Christmas Giveaway Event

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If you're looking for an awesome gift for your son, make sure and enter this great giveaway!

Prizes: 2 Winners!
GrandPrize winner: PS VITA 3G/WI-FI AND Skylanders Giants
1st Place winner: Hot Wheels Ballistiks AND iTikes Piano
Skylanders Giants: Winners Choice on Xbox, Wii or PS
  • Bring the Skylanders Giants back from banishment to join the Skylanders once again
  • Unleash the power of the Skylanders Giants with the Portal of Power
  • Includes game, portal of power, 3 Skylanders figures, 1 character collector poster, 3 sticker sheets with secret codes, and 3 trading cards
  • Revolutionary gaming experiences with dual analog sticks, front and rear cameras, front multi-touch display, multi-touch rear pad, GPS and new unit specific media flash-based storage
  • Stunning multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED)
  • The richest, deepest and most engaging handheld gaming lineup.
  • Network connectivity via improved Wi-Fi capabilities (Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity available in an additional Vita model)
  • Location based gaming allowing players to find and meet friends virtually for brand new experiences
Hot Wheels Ballistiks
  • Challenge, transform and win with Hot Wheels Ballistiks
  • Ballistiks transform from a vehicle to a ball and back
  • Set up the blaster, insert a vehicle, launch and watch it roll
  • Ball will transform into a vehicle upon impact with a target
  • A great gift that any boy will love
iTikes Piano
  • Standalone Piano with major & minor keys, volume control and tempo/pitch tuner
  • App-based music games allow kids to learn more note names, musical staff and pitch training
  • Use iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® to play learning games, watch visualizations and more
  • Light-up major keys
The event dates: 11/22 12:01 am - 12/10 12:59 pm EST

Open to World Wide - If the winner is outside the USA they will receive the cash value in their choice of Paypal cash or Amazon Gift card NO EXCEPTIONS! 2 Lucky winners will win! For your chance simply enter via the Rafflecopter below. GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  

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7. Chicanonautica: Arizona Election Fallout

Last time I signed off by telling of how after Obama won the election -- on a day when there were a lot of rainbows over Phoenix -- it got eerily quiet in Arizona. I had expected folks to go berserk, but instead those who would have preferred that Romney won held it in. Though in colder climates you could have seen steam coming out of their ears.

The Phoenix New Times reported that, at the Arizona Republican election-viewing party, Governor Jan Brewer went from being cheered for saying she wanted “Buh-rack Obama out of the White House” to saying “I love all of the smiles on your faces . . . Love it.” 

In Arizona, there were no spontaneous racist demonstrations like at Ole Miss, or anything like Pat Buchanan’s declaration that “White American died last night,” but the mood among the Republican party muckety-mucks was depressed, suicidal, and apocalyptic. Maybe they were “shellshocked” like Romney.

Joe Arpaio was reelected Sheriff of Maricopa County, but he felt the need to announce that he wants peace with Latinos; "I would hope to get together with the Latino community, if I could ever have them talk to me without screaming and threatening me." 

A curious event in downtown Phoenix first appeared to be the Ku Klux Klan celebrating Apraio’s victory. Univision gave it a misleading headline and Examiner.com reported it that way. But it turns out the demonstrators under the sheets were Latino activists -- just the sort that “Amercia’s toughest sheriff” is afraid of.

And in Charlotte, North Carolina, real Klansmen were drowned out by counterdemonstrators dressed as clowns.

A lot of copies of Ann Coulter’s book Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama were circulating at the library where I work. This was about the same time that she declared, “It’s over. There is no hope.”

Tom Miller informed me that in Baja Arizona they went 51% for Obama, and his neighborhood near the Univerisity of Arizona had bilingual anti-SB1070 signs.

There has been talk of Baja Arizona seceding from Arizona, just as Arizona seceding from the United States over SB1070 was threatened. Soon Arizona was caught up in the secession petition fever that eventually included all fifty states. If all the states want to secede, just what do they secede  from? 

Meanwhile the smell of marijuana hovered over the library parking lot. This is Phoenix, not Denver or Seattle. There is a lot of disorientation going on.

A few days later, a police car flashed its lights in the parking lot next door. That lot was taped off. Police tape also blocked one of the streets I usually take to get home.

Then there's the story of a woman running over her husband because he didn’t vote for Romney. “She believes her family would suffer under a second term of Pres. Barack Obama.” 

gun store in Pinetop, Arizona put up signs saying, “If you voted for Barack Obama your business is NOT WELCOME at Southwest Shooting Authority. You have proven you are not responsible enough to own a Firearm.” So much for free enterprise.

The bizarre thing is, this story isn’t over. In Arizona, some votes remain to be counted. Who knows what will break loose when that finally happens. 

Lately, I’ve seen a pickup flying full-sized American and Arizonan flags patrolling the area. I’m not sure what it means.

Ernest Hogan is trying to convince people that his novel Smoking Mirror Blues is the book to prepare them to deal with the brave new post-election reality. 

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8. the bleeding t

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9. Introducing The NEWEST Design For My Running Shirt Line

Because this is as close as I can get to having Runner tattooed across my face.

runner face shirt
I love this design because it pretty much sums it all up. Succinct. To the point. For once, the runner/writer who is forever using TOO many words is able to embrace brevity.

Runner. That I am. You most likely are too. It may not be written on our faces, but it etched on our bones. It is written on the soles of our feet, or at least on all those blisters!

Runner is splashed across our personality in more ways that we probably even realize.

If you are a runner you know it. You don’t need it tattooed on your face because it shines through without it. But let’s admit, it’s still a pretty cool idea…so wear the shirt and save yourself the painful needle time. ;)
runner face shirt
This is the NEWEST addition to my personally designed running shirt line! And perfect time for the holidays, no? ;) Screened on white, American Apparel 50/50 tech tee. Check out all of the designs and get yours today…then go get your run on!


1) If you could get one word tattooed across your face what would it be?

2) What is one way runner is splashed into your personality?

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10. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

©Lesley Breen Withrow

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11. Leave Your Leaves, Thanks

Our thankful project:
Sticky sticks

Paper leaves
 Hole punchers
Leaves on trees 
And words. 
To remember
why we have it so good.
 NOW the party can start....
For laughs.
For cheeks. 
 For kisses.
For great books, art, nature.
For peace bringers.
For friends and kindreds.  

Happy Thankful Day, friends. 

And whether, my artsy allies,
my parent pals,
my bloggy belles,
you are waltzing in your glory days
or mired in your daily dirt, 
in spiky heels or holey socks, 
with a wealth of words or a stuttering muse,
regardless of where you stand on your map, 
I wish you joy and great thrills 
of contentment.  

Books of Thanks and Hope:

Brother Sun, Sister Moon -  
by Katherine Paterson, illustrated (in stunning papercuts, no less!) by Pamela Dalton
Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise - Tomie dePaola
Train to Somewhere - Eve Bunting, ill. by Ronald Himler
The Dog Who Belonged to No One - Amy Hest, ill. by Amy Bates
Apple - Nikki McClure 
Hope for Haiti - Jesse Joshua Watson (Buying this book helps kids in Haiti, too!)

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12. Gift Idea - Mikarose + a $50 Giveaway

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Today I'm very thankful for all of you.  It's because of all of you that my blog is still up and running today.  As a little something special for you, I've saved one of my very favorite companies for today's gift idea. 

Gift Idea - Mikarose

Mikarose is a clothing company that's aim is to bring modest yet fashionable clothing to women across the country.  They concentrate on dress wear, but also have some really cute shirts and skirts.

always have a really hard time finding dresses that actually go to my knees.  And usually if I find one that does, it's oh so low in other areas.  Then I discovered Mikarose.  The dresses looked cute and like they would keep me covered up, but I was worried about the length and the fit.

I shouldn't have worried!  I went with the olive green Avery dress, and I was very impressed.

Details: The Avery is a great basic dress that every woman should own. The collar adds business appeal, and the short sleeve allows a relaxed feel. The belt flatters your waist line and the silver buckle matches the buttons. This dress is complete with 2 useful pockets in the front. Show off your strong feminine side in the Avery. Belt shown in picture is included.

The dress goes right to the bottom of my knees, and the fit is great.   When I wear it I don't have to worry about tugging my dress down, or rather or not my bra strap is showing.  Which is super important to me as I have 3 kids that are always tugging and pulling.  And the front pockets are super handy.

In fact I liked it so much that I also bought the cinnamon Serena Dress.

If anything, I love this one more.   The dress falls at exactly the same place on my knees.  The color is great with my skin and it flows when I move.

 To Buy - The Avery dress retails for $59.99 and the Serena for $49.99.  They can be purchased online at Mikarose.com, or at select boutiques around the nation. 

To Win - Mikarose is giving a $50 Gift Card to one of you.  To enter complete any of the entries on the rafflecopter form below.  Open to US/Can.

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13. Happy Thanksgiving – Poem, Kudos and Vote

GOOD NEWS: Ame Dyckman’s BOY + BOT is a FINALIST in the Best Picture Book category for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards!

One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun.

But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he’s sick. The usual remedies—applesauce, reading a story—don’t help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep.

Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him?

You helped Ame make the finals, let’s help her WIN! It’s so good, it even inspired a teacher to make a Bot Hat for Ame’s school visit.

Final round voting is now open, and runs through Tuesday, November 27th.

Here is the link to use to vote for Ame.  Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy!

Talk tomorrow,


Filed under: Author, Competition, inspiration, Kudos, Picture Book, Poems Tagged: Ame Dyckman, Boy + Bot, Eileen Spinelli Poem, Happy Thanksgiving

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14. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank a family member, friend, or colleague for a small kindness they've extended to you. While a text message or an e-mail is nice, a handwritten note or live conversation (i.e., in person, via Skype/Facetime, or on the telephone) is even better.

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15. PiBoIdMo Day 22: Mr. Schu is Thankful for Picture Books

I don’t write, illustrate, publish, or edit picture books. I don’t work in a bookshop or belong to a school library marketing team. So what do I do then? I read. I read. I READ.

I read thousands of picture books every year. I’m always searching for the next best picture book. When I find *that* picture book, I feel compelled to promote it during my annual road trip, purchase copies for strangers, blog and tweet about it, feature it on a #kidlit sticker, and encourage every child who enters my school library to add it to their to-read list.



Mr. Colby Sharp attended children’s literature expert Anita Silvey’s session during the NCTE Annual Convention. He tweeted:

Anita Silvey succinctly sums up how I feel about children’s books. (If you’re not familiar with Anita’s work, you MUST follow her Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac.) Most of you reading this blog post are hard at work creating one of the most remarkable things on the face of the earth. Your picture book could change the way a child looks at the world, turn a dormant reader into an avid reader, and even win the coveted Caldecott Medal.

I am thankful my second through fifth graders (150 students) have checked out over 5,000 picture books during Picture Book Month. Treasures that have not circulated in over two years are taking a much-deserved trip in a child’s backpack. I get goose bumps whenever I spot a fifth grader checking out a book he loved in first grade. He usually hugs it and says, “I love this book.” I always pretend the book smiles and whispers, “Hey, I love you, too.”

I wish I found a magic wand in my mailbox with the following note attached to it:

Dear Mr. Schu,
Thank you for supporting and believing in picture books. This colorful wand allows you to send five 2012 picture books to everyone hard at work writing and illustrating picture books. I know you will select books that will inspire individuals to “create the most remarkable thing on the face of the earth.”

Thanks for all you do for picture books.

Your friend,
Picture Book

BOY + BOT. Written by Ame Dyckman. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. Random House, 2012.


HELLO! HELLO! Written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Hyperion, 2012.


GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS! Written and illustrated by Jeff Mack. Chronicle Books, 2012.


Z IS FOR MOOSE. Written by Kelly Bingham. Illustrated Paul O. Zelinsky. HarperCollins, 2012.


THE THREE NINJA PIGS. Written by Corey Rosen Schwartz. Illustrated by Dan Santat. Putnam Books, 2012.


I cannot wait to share your picture book with my students.

Happy reading, writing, and Thanksgiving!


John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) is a teacher-librarian at Brook Forest Elementary School in Oak Brook, Illinois. John graduated from St. Xavier University with a Masters in Teaching and Leadership and from Dominican University with a Masters in Library and Information Science. He has taught English in Seoul, South Korea, and is in his ninth year at Brook Forest. John serves on AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, the Monarch Readers’ Choice Selection Committee, and the 2014 Newbery Committee. He was a judge for School Library Journal‘s 2011 Trailee Awards and recently became a FableVision Ambassador. In his spare time (ummm…what’s that?) he reads, travels, and blogs at Watch. Connect. Read. John is a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

Mr. Schu is giving away not ONE, but TWO books: HELLO! HELLO! and Z IS FOR MOOSE! Two winners will be selected in one week. Just leave a comment to enter (one entry per person). Good luck!

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16. Back from Prescott

Well, I'm back in town after visiting family in Prescott, AZ.  We had a great time and kept very busy.  We started out in Tucson visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum, then drove down to Sahuarita and took a very thorough five hour tour of a decommissioned missile silo complex at the Titan Missile Museum:

 Stopped by the beautiful Mission San Xavier del Bac on the way back to Prescott:
 Got in some good hiking on the Centenniel Trail and near Granite Mountain:
And finished off with a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced Arizona Biltmore before catching our flight out of Phoenix:
It was so good visiting with family and great fun all around!

Looks like I fell behind a bit on my Picture Book Month posting - and I even have books befitting the themes of all the days I missed!  Oh well - I'll pick up with today's theme of dogs.  I found this Little Golden Book on my shelf that I must have had since I was little.  I think the puppies are adorable.  And it looks like the book's held up pretty well considering how old it is!

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17. Happy Thanksgiving

Gobble, Gobble!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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18. Happy Thanksgiving - NJ edition

In spite of Hurricane Sandy, I have much to be thankful for. 
 I am thankful for the kindness of my family, friends, co-workers, library patrons, the library community at large, and even strangers.  

Wishing you a joyful and restful Thanksgiving. 

I'll leave you with some photos of New Jersey's cranberry bogs,    
Double Trouble cranberry bog
By Jennifer H. Kertis (Flickr) [CC-BY-SA-2.0
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Richard Tevor, 8 years old. 5 years picking cranberries. Theodore Budd's Bog at Turkeytown, N.J.
This is the fourth week of school in Philadelphia and the people will stay here two weeks more.
By Lewis Hine (1874-1940)
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

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19. Home Love

Home LoveFor a low-consuming environmentalist, I’m surprisingly obsessed with good design. Since buying my apartment, AKA the one space I can have some control over, I’ve become doubly so.

My apartment is sparsely decorated and I don’t buy anything that I don’t need, that isn’t relatively environmentally friendly, or that I don’t think will stand the test of time. But then, most good interior design is about simple elements used well and streamlining.

Rooftop conversion

I follow Megan Morton’s exploits online and now, having received her book in the post, in print. Morton is something of a rock star in Australian interior design worlds—she’s eminently talented and impossibly nice. The two combine to see her work sought after and we fans hang on her every design and word. She’s generous in giving away good design advice as well, and Home Love is no exception. It contains veritably impressive hints delivered in discrete, dive-in-then-dive-out themed sections.

Some of my favourite pages/themes include (and I have to apologise for the dodgy accompanying images—I wanted to give you a sense of what I was talking about, but I was tired, I was eating chocolate on the couch. Eating chocolate on the couch took precedence over just about everything else, including getting a proper camera and setting the shots up well. Besides, I can’t make the images look too good lest you won’t rush out and buy the book for yourselves):

The rooftop conversion
(see image above)

It might be all those books I’ve read and movies I’ve seen throughout my youth, but I’ve always lusted after an attic. Imagine all the books you could fit up there. Me and the friendly neighbourhood possum could share it.

Soft industrial
(see image below)

That bed! Those floorboards! Those vintage lockers! Enough said! If you find out where to buy them, please, please, please let me know. I am (and my sister is) sooper keen to find some vintage lockers. And then, once located, for someone to carry them up my two flights of stairs.

The bachelorette pad (see last image on the page)

You’ll have to especially excuse the slight blurriness on this photo. It appears that I can’t lick fingers and take in-focus photos. Suffice to say, in stark contrast to the milk chocolate I was consuming at the time of photographing, this apartment is white on white on a bit of cream with some sparkly bits thrown in.

Soft industrial

There are entirely impractical furnishings that range from fun to comfy to decadent and there are no kids or partners in sight in this Sex and the City-worthy style. I mean, who doesn’t want a ceiling-to-floor pendant chandelier? It—and this apartment as a whole—is what I would have were I a slightly girlier girl.

Relax, it’s casual

Relax, it’s casual incorporates cups of tea and mood boards, packaging them up with plenty of sunlight. It’s the quintessential extra room that, through its casuality and warmth, sees surprisingly high traffic. I see it being a writing and napping room too, but then, I see everything as a writing and napping room …

Contemplating wabi-sabi

I don’t pretend to know what wabi-sabi is (Morton’s text tells me ‘wabi’ means ‘lonely’ and ‘sabi’ means ‘rust’), but I will state up front that I love the (barely visible through my dodgy photography) raw-wood backboards and raw-wood bed frame as a whole. Fits perfectly with my simple, enviro-friendly ethos and aesthetic (and puts the Malm, my Ikea version of the same bed, to shame).

You can have tidy kids

Who’s talking kids? I’m talking me. Bunk beds and me, specifically. I’d argue that these are also the most adult-looking bunk beds I’ve seen in a while. Now, if you could just make them queen-sized, I’d take two.

Bachelorette pad

A cheat sheet for partying

Because who doesn’t need one of those? The sheet contains some gems, too, not least:

  • Do one thing but in huge volumes, e.g. oysters piled on a cupcake stand with lemons (I’d suggest substituting a vego option, but I get the simple, effective, do-it-in-bulk sentiment).
  • Accept that food only ever looks good on white plates (totes agree with that).
  • If you live near a cake shop or café, ask them to make you a larger version of their house speciality (clever).
  • Stock up on toilet paper (This one’s practical and giggle-worthy).

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20. I'm Off to Haiti. But here are 2 More Great Author Interviews you May Have Missed!

Hello All, 

As a reminder, it's November -- the month of Nanowrimo, U.S. Thanksgiving, and your local mall's favorite holiday, "Black Friday."

Many of us are spending time with family over turkey dinners while others of us are hiding in the closet, the attic, or the secret room under the stairs trying to keep typing away at that Nano novel despite the in-laws being in town. :)  We're also running off to use that "Black Friday" discount to buy our critique-buddy's newest novel off the Barnes and Noble shelves.  So, since we're all so busy, as announced last week, there will not be a new author interview on Writermorphosis until December arrives, and everyone can take a breath from Nano and begin pulling out their December holiday decor.  I personally am off to Haiti to hang out with some kids there for Thanksgiving this year and will give an update when I return.

But no worries!  You can still find great author advice on Writermorphosis this month.

Click on this week's "two more great interviews you may have missed," below:


Each One Teach One Interview: Megan Shepherd YA Gothic writer Shares her thoughts and tips on PLOT MAPPING


Each One Teach One Interview: Multi-published Children's Book Author Stephanie Greene shares thoughts on writing and what she's learned about bringing a Character’s Emotions to Life.

Enjoy these great tips and experiences shared by brilliant authors, and have a wonderful Holiday and a very successful final week-and-a-half of Nanowrimo.  See you next week.

- Janelle

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21. Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Pop-up Book

Macy's on ParadeWhether you and your kids have been to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, watched it on TV or just love big parades, you'll be interested in Macy's on Parade, a big colorful pop-up book about the parade that attracts millions of viewers each year. Check out the inside of the book, including a photo of one of the double-page pop-up scenes, view the cover, enjoy some parade trivia and learn more about the book when you read my review of Macy's on Parade.

(photo credit: Seth Tice Lewis)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Pop-up Book originally appeared on About.com Children's Books on Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 at 00:53:40.

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22. Horsey Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Previously: Meet Rosebud

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23. well let me tell you 'bout the way she looked, the way she'd act, the colour of her hair

The evening after I got back from France I went to a Dr. Sketchy event in Sheffield. It was called 'Drawn of the Dead' and  had a very spooky zombie theme.
After the high of the exhibition in Clermont Ferrand, and the way I've been feeling recently, it was EXACTLY what I needed.
 Not only did I get to play with my pens but also got to catch up with my sketching buddies, which was long overdue.
Really, really, enjoyed the evening. But, then, I always enjoy Dr. Sketchy. Music, wine, friends, drawing and zombies. What's not to like?

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24. The Brightworking, by Paul B. Thompson

This year I am going review the books I get for my Cybils reading in a brisk and timely fashion.  I will not end up with a pile of guilt.


The Brightworking, by Paul B. Thompson (Enslow, middle grade, 2012), is the first book in the Brightstone Saga.  It is the story of how Mikal, the smith's son from a poor quasi-medieval village, becomes the apprentice to a mage.   The guild of magic workers in this world sends out an emissary periodically to glenn any children who show signs of magical ability, and Mikal is chosen.  Nothing is explained to him--he's just dragged off to the big city with a bunch of other children (attacked along the way by evil monsters of the night). 

But he is magically special, and soon he finds himself apprenticed to a powerful mage; not a cozy wise old man, but a younger sort, who's potentially vicious (is it true that the statues that adorn his quarters were once living people?) and whose approach to teaching is not exactly safe. 

Mikal makes an unusual discovery--a clockwork head that is a font of knowledge, answering any factual question asked it.  He puts it away again without appreciating the opportunity for learning it offers, and he doesn't seem to get much direct instruction in magic from his master either.  Still, he and a glenned girl, who has attached herself to his coat-tails, pick up bits of knowledge, including the disturbing rumors that Mikal's master really is no good, to the point of plotting treason.  And bang! In the last few chapters of the book, there's a war, with passes in the blink of a two sentence eye...and Mikal finds himself in rather dire straights.

It's a perfectly reasonable book, even one I'd recommend, for the young reader who is just starting their exploration of the fantasy genre who needs something on the shorter side with which to build fantasy reading confidence.  And it's both simple enough (structurally and in its short, direct sentences), and interesting enough, to hold the attention of the uncertain reader. 

But it's not one I'd urge older, veteran readers of mg fantasy, like myself, to avidly hunt down (which, since this isn't at all the target demographic, should be construed as a critisism!).  It doesn't break any new ground, and there were many details and bits of characterization that could have been pushed further, but which were left somewhat over simplified.  Still, I was sufficiently engaged to read it straight through.

I think the cover does the book a tremendous disservice--it doesn't look Exciting! and Flashy Magic Filled! at all; Mikal looks like a monk, and there's something off about his profile, and the skull is just creepy.  The book is much better than its cover, and I think if it had a different cover, I'd be recommending it much more enthusiastically.  It's just hard for me to imagine a kid wanting to read it.

Other thoughts at  For Those About to Mock:  "This book seems designed with reluctant readers in mind, from the conceptual level down to the simple, uncomplicated prose. And for that audience, I think it's remarkably successful."

and Semicolon:  " Unfortunately, the children who have been taken in The Gleaning are attacked by Night-gaunts on the way to Oranbold. Fortunately, Mikal finds that he has a special ability to evade magical spells. Unfortunately, a girl named Lyra tricks him on his first night in the guildhall. Fortunately, Lyra becomes a resourceful and loyal friend. Unfortunately, she’s also dirty, “not entirely brave, not entirely trustworthy.” I could go on, but you get the picture."

disclaimer:  copy received from the publisher for Cybils review

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25. How One Hurricane Can Turn Your Life Upside Down!

Hurricane Sandy has taken over my life, dehumanized me, and left me too much stress. When I say dehumanize, I am referring to my husband and I living out of a bag in my aunt and uncle's living room. We are staying on a pull out couch. I am not complaining exactly because at least a roof is over our heads. However, I used to have more independence where I was immersed in freedom's glory. I could take my Toyota Corolla and drive to where ever I wanted. Since my car is gone, I cannot do that anymore. The worst is that I went home a week ago to continue to assess damages. I saw that my floor was picked up from the water and it turned into peaks and mini mountains. You have to be very careful where you step in order to not fall. Also, I was told to discard all of my belongings on the first floor. When I bought the house, a mini bar came with it. It was beautiful and full of mirrors and lights that lit up so bright. On the bottom, there was space where I could place paperwork and fancy dishes as well as wine bottles. On top of the bar held glasses. I loved it. The previous owner left me a piece of fine Italian furniture where I could store my dishes and it was sturdy and beautiful. However, since the water barged into my house, greedily without a thought, and was up to four feet high, I have to throw everything away. The water in my home was not sea water, but rather water from the sewers that is quite unsanitary to hold onto and could lead to future health problems if it is not thrown away. This means that I have to purchase everything new. I already threw away my sofa which was drenched in water. I feel like part of the storm has taken a piece of me away; a piece of my life. For example, my husband and I went to Disneyworld. My pictures are all destroyed and do not have any reminders of that trip as it was on an old digital camera and pictures have been erased since then. Pictures from my bridal shower were destoyed. Recently over the summer, I threw my husband a 40th birthday party. All those pictures are gone as well. It is not as valuable as my dining room set and kitchen set that has to be thrown away. However,I love pictures and am a sucker for sentimental things. A friend at work said that I should take time out and say goodbye to the items that must go (which is about everything). We have to hire people that have to gut and clean up the home, rip out the floors. They want to charge us 9 grand. I laugh to myself and wonder where the money is coming from since my husband and I both need cars as well. If you are reading this, maybe say a silent prayer for my family and I. Say a prayer for all the people who have suffered from the evil, treacherous Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, my book, Ignition: A Teacher's Journey, is on hold until things hopefully turn back to normal. To be continued..... Pictures from my block: The after math from the storm, my once upon a time elegnat rug now it is washed up sitting on driveway.

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