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1. Children's Picture Book Review: The Adventures of Wally and Warren Series: Dinosaur Hunt



The Adventures of Wally and Warren Series: Dinosaur Hunt by Lise Chase

Wally and Warren explore the world of dinosaurs through rhyme and imagination. Learn about each unique dinosaur and their eating habits and physical details. From the herbivore to the omnivorous to big and small your young muses will learn about the stegosaurus to the tyrannosaurus and everything in between.

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Author and illustrator, Lise Chase combines her knack for rhyme storytelling and intriguing illustrations for a perfect blend of an adventure like no other.
Visit author and illustrator, Lise Chase at https://www.facebook.com/lise.chase.9?fref=ts

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Multi Award-winning Children's Author

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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Story Monster Approved and Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

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2. Macmillan to Publish New Board Book By Jimmy Fallon

DadaThe Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has been working on a new book. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will release Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada as a board book on June 09, 2015.

The story follows a father as he tries to make is so that his child’s first word is “dada.” This project was inspired by Fallon’s mission to compel his daughter, Winnie Rose, to say “dada” for her first word. Sadly, the young girl did not comply and instead said “mama.”

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “This is Fallon’s second board book. The first, Snowball Fight, about kids having fun when school is canceled for snow, came out in 2005. He’s also the author of a couple of funny books for adults — Thank You Notes and Thank You Notes 2 — that were based on skits from his late night TV show.”

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3. Iggy Pop and Rock n' Roll vs Children's Publishing

The recent speech given by Iggy Pop for the John Peel lecture on BBC Radio 6, Free Music in a Capitalist Society (the transcript is available here) got me thinking of the parallels between popular music and the illustration business, especially the world of children's books.

Iggy Pop at the John Peel lecture (image courtesy BBC)

Think for a moment of an industry dominated by big companies, but with numerous smaller enterprises (usually with limited budgets), and lots of DIY producers of varying levels of ability and success. An industry full of great ideas and striving creative artists, but driven by easily marketable (and sometimes bland) popular titles and by a limited number of headline celebrities. Think of a business in which being young, fresh and fashionable is at least as important, if not more important as being technically skilled, dedicated and talented. I give you the British music industry! .... I also give you the UK children's illustration market!
"We are now in the age of the schemer and the plan is always big, big, big, but it's the nature of the technology created in the service of the various schemes that the pond, while wide, is very shallow."
This is not a criticism, I'm just making observations here. Nomatter what our creative expression, music, writing or illustration, it's the same basic business structure behind all. The fact is we all have to make a living in our chosen forms of expression, and, as Iggy points out, in order to make money we have to be commercially viable.
"when it comes to art, money is an unimportant detail. It just happens to be a huge one unimportant detail."
I think there are a lot of parallels with publishing today and the music business at the end of the 1970's. I'm a child of the '70's, my memories are laced with the music I grew up with - it was an era that saw a succession of revolutionary movements and major changes in the music business. In with the new, out with the old! Glam to prog rock to punk. The '70's saw a major shake-up in the way music was made, produced, marketed and sold, from the explosion of indie labels to challenge the majors, the introduction of cassette tape recording allowing people to record music from the radio for free, and, in the first years of the '80's, the start of CD technology. There have been equally ground shifting changes in the publishing industry - ebooks, unregulated discounting.... none of them seem on the face of it good news for creatives. Publishing is booming, but less and less of it seems to be going to the writers and illustrators, as reported by The Bookseller.  Stylistically there have also been repeated waves of fashion, "traditional" (ooh I hate that word) drawing to digital art, and back again, much like the waves of changing fashion in music.

I began as an illustrator inspired by the great early 20th Century Golden Age illustrators, I was entralled by the work of masters like Beardsley, Rackham, Heath-Robinson, Ardizzone and Dulac, I thought - "that's what I want to do with my life", such a simple decision to make! It was all about the art, not the money. But of course times have moved on from the belle époque, society has changed, the industry has reinvented itself a hundred times over. Somehow I had to learn how to match my skills, my creative direction and integrity to the modern business of illustration, a business that changes just as you think you know it. It's a process that never ends, it's the kind of skill you rarely have chance to completely nail in art college, it's the reality of working in the real world, being a freelance, self-employed artist that makes or breaks an illustrator. In an ever shifting world not everyone is able to maintain a long-term career, and it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the quality of your artwork.

"some guys are born and raised to be the captain of the football team and some guys are just gonna be James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and that's the way it is. Not everybody is meant to be big. Not everybody big is any good."

Adapting to the market, seeing the opportunities and being aware how you fit in is essential, but equally it's a bad policy to simply follow what the market thinks it needs, we need to live, but we need to be true to our art as well. Publishing, like the music industry and all other creative livelihoods, is a hard, tough business, but it hinges on the precious and personal vision of it's artists. The creators are always the innovators, not the marketing staff. Don't ever lose track of that!

"I only ever wanted the money because it was symbolic of love and the best thing I ever did was to make a lifetime commitment to continue playing music no matter what, which is what I resolved to do at the age of 18. If who you are is who you are that is really hard to steal, and it can lead you in all sorts of useful directions when the road ahead of you is blocked and it will get blocked. Now I'm older and I need all the dough I can get. So I too am concerned about losing those lovely royalties, now that they've finally arrived, in the maze of the Internet. But I'm also diversifying my income, because a stream will dry up. I'm not here to complain about that, I'm here to survive it."
I shouldn't push the analogy too far, these are times of change, technology and the market for books is moving in ways we don't yet fully understand. But we've seen with the music business how digitalisation led to overwhelming piracy, tumbling prices, revenue for musicians and so on. I worry that it's happening too with e-books, I desperately hold onto the value of the printed page. I'm also concerned that creative editors no longer have enough say in what gets published, when the marketing team determines what will or will not be printed, innovation and quality go out of the window. I worry that children's publishing in the UK today seems often to be more about Kajagoogoo than the Sex Pistols.

But maybe I'm concerned too much about the "industry" and forget sometimes that we creators are the ones on which the book trade depends. Whatever the media, our talents will eventually find an audience, and if that audience is limited, well so be it. If we have to do some unimaginative jobs to pay the bills then fine - as long as we also have an outlet for our honest creativity. I always have faith that somehow, if I just keep at it, keep drawing, keep painting, I'll continue to find the funds to feed my daughter, keep a roof over our heads, and still have time to produce work that both satisfies and challenges me. And that's all that's important.
"It's good to remember that this is a dream job, whether you're performing or working in broadcasting, or writing or the biz. So dream. Dream. Be generous, don’t be stingy. Please. I can't help but note that it always seems to be the pursuit of the money that coincides with the great art, but not its arrival. It's just kind of a death agent. It kills everything that fails to reflect its own image, so your home turns into money, your friends turn into money, and your music turns into money. No fun, binary code – zero one, zero one - no risk, no nothing. What you gotta do you gotta do, life's a hurly-burly, so I would say try hard to diversify your skills and interests."
Diversify skills and interests! that's a key point, whatever your creative expression. Thank you Iggy.

(All quotes are from Iggy Pop's lecture, courtesy BBC)

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4. Inspiring the Next Architects: Children’s Books About Design, Building, and Architecture

Celebrate architecture and design for Archtober with students!

October, or “Archtober” as it is called, marks the 4th annual month-long festival of all things architecture and design in New York City.

Architecture Children's BooksRecommended reading to teach about architecture for students:

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

Sky Dancers

The East-West House: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan

 Shapes Where We Play

STEM + Literacy Activities:

1. Encourage students to examine the differences between architecture and engineering. How do these two fields depend on each other? What is unique about each field? What do architects contribute to building a structure? What do engineers contribute? For a simplified breakdown of the duties of an architect and an engineer, the New School of Architecture + Design has a clear infographic.

2. Have students in small teams research a well-known structure in their community, city, or state (such as a museum, performing arts center, or place of worship). Who built it and when? For what is the structured used? Where is it located? What is it made of? Why were those materials used? What is special about the design? What challenges did the architect have in creating this structure? In addition to online and print resources, students can interview someone who works at the structure, if possible. After research is complete, students can create a model of the structure, design a poster advertising it to tourists, or write and present a report on the structure to the class.

3. Ask students to imagine that they are architects assigned to design a new school. Describe the materials you will need and what the building will look like. As you think about the design and materials needed, consider the types of spaces children in the school will need to learn, read, eat, study; what you will need to make the building safe and sturdy; and what will make it an attractive place in which to learn.

4. Set up a hands on, or sensory, station with materials from home or a local hardware store that are used to build structures. Examples could be a wood spoon for wood, a cooking pot for steel, etc. Have students touch and record the characteristics of each sample material. Why might an architect use steel instead of wood, or bamboo instead of concrete? Students can make a chart of popular building materials to compare the advantages and disadvantages of each. Have students study the physical characteristics (based on sight, touch, sound, and even smell) of brick, wood, bamboo, clay, concrete, steel, glass, iron, rock, straw, recycled materials, and more. For advanced or older students, topics to compare include cost of the material, availability, resiliency in natural disasters, typical lifetime, flexibility and ability to shape the material, environmental friendliness, and beauty/appeal.

5. Have students study the roles that appeal/beauty, safety, and function/purpose play in the design of a structure. Is one preferable over the other? Why? Do these factors all work together or can they be in conflict with one another? Students can look at one specific structure to see how the architect addressed each of these issues. If possible, ask a local architect or professor from an area college to discuss these factors.

6. Watch PBS’s “Building Big,” a five-part miniseries on bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels. Each one-hour program explores the different type of structures and what it takes to build them. An educator’s guide of activities from PBS is available online.

7. Lead students in a step-by-step activity to create their own geodesic dome, sandcastle, toothpick structure, or floor plan. Instructions can be found online at the archKIDecture website.

Jill Eisenberg

Jill Eisenberg, our Resident Literacy Specialist, began her career teaching English as a Foreign Language to second through sixth graders in Yilan, Taiwan as a Fulbright Fellow. She went on to become a literacy teacher for third grade in San Jose, CA as a Teach for America corps member. She is certified in Project Glad instruction to promote English language acquisition and academic achievement. In her column she offers teaching and literacy tips for educators.


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5. Zac’s Destiny entered for an award!

Zac’s Destiny, my Sword & Sorcery fantasy, has been entered into an award for Kindle books! I would be eternally grateful if any of you could offer your votes? Thanks so much if you can.

No need to sign in or give any details. Just click on the number of stars you think my book deserves to vote!

Click here to vote.

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6. Another #FridayReads with AW&Co Staffers!

It’s #FridayReads with Albert Whitman Staffers!  Today, metadata master and sales team all-star Caity Anast talks about her current reads:

I laughed when I read Annette’s post, because I too went through a period of very little “fun-for-me” reading when my children were babies (What to Expect the First Year doesn’t count as fun).

I nodded my head as I read Wendy’s post, because although I am not keeping track of books I’ve read on Goodreads, I do have my own personal list that I have kept since high school. It started with a pamphlet my freshman year English teacher passed out called “Excellence in English: The Honors English Program, York Community High School” that listed the core and supplemental readings by grade level. (A shout out to those great English teachers at York.) I highlighted the titles as I read them, and my goal was to read all the titles in the pamphlet.

high school pamphlet

(The ACTUAL pamphlet…I still have it…)

But I reassessed that goal after picking up Moby Dick for fun. I just couldn’t get through it. I mean how many times do you have to describe the whale? I get it, it’s big. I suppose if I read it for English class and had someone to discuss it with, I would have found it more interesting. But instead, I put it down and never finished it. That was the first time I had ever done that. I always felt it was my duty to finish a book. After that, I decided I didn’t have to read every book on that list, but I could refer to it from time to time.

The latest book I am reading is a recommendation from my dad, Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia. I’m not very far along into the book, but the setting is the Bellweather Hotel where a murder-suicide happened fifteen years ago in room 712. Now the hotel is host to Statewide, a high school music festival. So far I’ve been introduced to Alice and Rabbit Hatmaker, twins who are participating in the festival, and their chaperone and teacher, Natalie, who happens to be a former student of Viola Fabian, Statewide’s chairperson and mother of Jill, the best flautist in the state. It’s received three starred reviews, so it’s bound to be good. Booklist says, “Encore, encore.”

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At the same time I am listening to an audio book in the car. I find this is a great time to catch up on what my kids are reading. It’s also a great way to find out the proper pronunciation of a character’s name. I am in the middle of because of mr. terupt (tear upt, not tur upt as I thought) by Rob Buyea. It’s a great story about a fifth grade class and their new teacher. Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of seven children in the class. You’ve got your brain, outcast, loner, mean girl, prankster, fat girl, and the new girl. I honestly can’t wait to get in my car each day to see what’s going to happen next.

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7. 19th Annual Rockland Literacy Extravaganza Professional Conference - October 18, 2014

I'm over the moon to be participating in the 19th Annual Rockland Literacy Extravaganza Professional Conference - October 18, 2014 at 7:45-2:30 pm!



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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Story Monster Approved and Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

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8. Welcome Imani's Moon!

This week is the book birthday for my new book with Charlesbridge Publishing 
'Imani's Moon by Janay Brown-Wood. 

You can win a bundle of goodies by sharing this port online! 
Message me to let me know you did.


Toodles!
Hazel

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9. Lemony Snicket Launches The ‘You Choose the Mystery’ Video Series

Lemony Snicket recently released the third installment of the All the Wrong Questions series. To celebrate, he has created the “You Choose the Mystery” interactive video series. 34 pieces have been uploaded to the LemonySnicketLibrary Youtube channel. We’ve embedded the first video above—what do you think? (via GeekDad)

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10. You can take that to the Bank(s)!

I spent Saturday, in Cincinnati at the Books by the Banks 2014. Here is an overview of the event-

Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place every October in downtown Cincinnati. The day-long festival, which is free and open to the public, features national, regional, and local authors and illustrators; book signings; panel discussions; and activities for the entire family to enjoy.
It was a great day of book signing, seeing old friends and meeting new friends. There were kids with really cool looking painted faces. I almost jumped in line for a total face and head painting...but, changed my mind. When will I ever grow up?
Here are a few pics that were taken...
Adam Watkins, me and Jon Bowers.
This would be me and the great Marc Brown. Wow, this pic is a keeper!
I'm with Loren Long (and his lunch). 
I made two new very talented friends, Michelle Houts and Melissa Guion. Their table was filled with chocolate baseballs and penguins. And books, of course! 

Now, I'm back in the studio, coffee in hand, ready to paint some skunks and chipmunks...sure with I had a few of those chocolate baseballs.
...back to the brush.


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11. Book Trailer for ‘Caution: Witch in Progress’!

Watch the great new trailer for the children’s humorous fantasy, ‘Caution: Witch in Progress’. Out now on Kindle worldwide!

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12. Limited edition print available!

Happy Friday from my friends at Tiny Showcase!
Gallery Night (featuring Providence, RI) print now available. Limited edition of only 100.
http://tinyshowcase.com/artwork.php?id=2292


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13. Kate DiCamillo Inks Deal with Candlewick Press

Kate DiCamillo (2)Kate DiCamillo (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Candlewick Press for a new middle grade novel.

President Karen Lotz negotiated the terms of this agreement with Pippin Properties literary agent Holly McGhee. Editor Andrea Tompa will edit the manuscript.

The publisher plans to release the book in Spring 2016. According to the press release, the story “features three girls over one tumultuous summer, discovering a friendship that changes their lives.”

(more…)

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14. Susan Cain Lands Deal With Penguin Young Readers Group

Susan CainSusan Cain (pictured, via) will pen a children’s book edition of her hit nonfiction title, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking. Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, will release Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, in May 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The original book focused on the workplace and on advice for parents, and Susan realized that a version for kids was also badly needed. In this book, kids will be able to read about their own sphere—school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. They’ll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their own quiet way.”

Publisher Lauri Hornik negotiated the deal with Inkwell Management literary agent Richard Pine. The new project will feature comic-style illustrations from artist Grant Snider. Snider drew inspiration from Cain’s popular TED talk, “ The Power of Introverts“, to create his own web comic, “We Are The Introverts.”

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15. First Surgeon Visit Goes Well!

Infection under control, staples removed, and all looks great!! Only 8 weeks to go.

I am so pleased to tell everyone that the surgeon is pleased with the recovery so far. Except for the top third of the spacer moving a bit out of place, everything looks great. The blood work that determines the level of infection has been good, meaning if all stays the course, in 5 weeks a new hip will be inserted and soon after I will be running as fast as ever . . . okay, I no longer run at a fast pace, but the idea is the same.

I’m looking forward to the hip surgery and the final two weeks of therapy. Now, if only my aide gets better. I don’t think I mentioned this, but a few days before surgery  we were in a car accident. Travelling down a busy street during 5 o’clock traffic, I was slowing down when my car suddenly accelerated and lurched forward. To avoid hitting the line of cars waiting for the light to turn green, I turned to the right, hoping to go down the empty side-street.

Best laid plans often do not work, and neither do instantaneous decisions. I missed the street and hit a fire hydrant on the corner, which then propelled the car into the air. The passenger side was near the ground and hit the ground first. I had no idea we had gone airborne. But it all stopped the car before hitting the building a few feet in front of the car. My aide, God bless her, was the passenger. Neither of us felt hurt, had bruises, or any other tell-tale sign of an injury . . . until a few days later. My knee is a mess (the same  side as the hip, of course), but most important, my aide—and friend—now has a crushed neck vertebrae that we are hopeful can be put back into place without surgery, but I still worry.

i found out a few days ago that Toyota Corollas from 2006 to 2010 have suddenly accelerated while moving at low speeds, and have been recalled. I was never notified (have a 2010). Wish I had known that before now. So Toyota may be paying out, but for what has yet to be determined. I would greatly appreciate all your extra prayers going to my aid, Vickie, that her neck heals correctly and in a timely fashion. She is not one to go to a doctor, so it has been a small miracle that she is honoring her three-a -week appointments and hired a lawyer.

When it rains it pours. I sincerely hope all of you have been living a safer life and that all is well with you and yours. (Ug, how Christmassy sounding, and it is close enough without adding to it.)

Working on a couple of reviews. Hope to have them u p soon. Will try not to scare you with these two books.

Till then, take care,

Sue

 

 

 


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16. Harriet Can Carry It Launch Party!

In celebration of  our BRAND NEW Star Bright title, Harriet Can Carry It, Star Bright Books welcomes anyone in the area to attend a launch party held by author Kirk Jay Mueller at the Old Town Newhall Library in Santa Clarita, California. The event, which will also include a signing by the author, will take place in the library's Community Room on Saturday November 1, 2014, from 2-4 PM. Full event details are available at the Events & Visits tab of the author's website, kirkjaymueller.com.

Here at Star Bright Books, we are incredibly excited for the impending publication of this book. Through every read-through and discussion of this story, our delight in experiencing the journey of Harriet, her little Joey, and the quirky characters that she meets has never weakened, owing in large part to the fantastic and imaginative storytelling of Kirk Jay Mueller. While this is Mr. Mueller's first children's book, he has told many stories throughout his life and career; as a teacher of 4th-6th grade students for thirty years, he made sure to set aside time every day to introduce his students to engaging stories, the writing process, as well as a song or two (Mueller is also a singer-songwriter). He now especially enjoys going into schools and classrooms, guitar in hand, to share his songs and stories with children.

For more information on the author, his work, and his future events and visits, please visit his website. For more information on Harriet Can Carry It, our other new and exciting fall titles, as well as the rest of our catalog, please visit our website, starbrightbooks.org.


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17. My Cherry Tree - my first published book


'My Cherry Tree' was my first authored published book - by a Korean publisher. It was quite poetic and they scarcely made any changes to the text. Here's a sample of the writing:

On hot days I lie on the grass under my
cherry tree and watch the clouds .
Some look like elephants.. some look like horses.
The robins learned to fly. They all flew away.
It feels lonesome without them.

Summer has turned into autumn.
The leaves on my cherry tree turn golden and red.
They dance away like fire in the wind.
I help mother rake a pile of leaves as tall as me!
I get to jump right in and play.

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18. #663 – Can I Come Too? by Brian Patten & Nicola Bayley

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Can I Come Too?

Written by Brian Patten
Illustrated by Nicola Bayley
Peachtree Publishers            10/01/2014
978-1-56145-796-0
Age 4 to 8            32 pages
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“One day, a tiny mouse goes in search of the biggest creature in the world. Along the way, she meets a menagerie of animals. Each towers over mouse, but which is the biggest of all? One by one, mouse’s new friends join her quest. After a long day of searching, they finally discover a creature as big as an island and bigger than a million mice! Join mouse on her journey as she assures young readers that they don’t have to be big to have a grand adventure.”

Opening

“A very small mouse decided she wanted to have a very big adventure.”

The Story

A little brown mouse decides to find the biggest creature in the world. She thinks this will make for a grand adventure. By the lake, Little Mouse finds Frog, who is bigger than she is. Little mouse asks the brown frog,

“Are you the biggest creature in the world?”

Frog said no, but he thinks Little Mouse is brave for trying to find the biggest creature in the world. He wants to come along. Together, Little Mouse and Frog continue searching for the biggest creature in the world. They come upon several creatures, including a bird, a cat, an otter, a badger, a dog, a goat, a tiger, and a polar bear. Little Mouse asks each the same question she had asked Frog, but none of these magnificent creatures is the biggest in the world.

Polar Bear believes the biggest creature in the world lives in the ocean. One-by-one, each of the creatures Little Mouse and Frog came upon—all of whom joined the adventure—follow the others along the river to where it empties into the ocean. There, swimming in the salty ocean water, is a creature as big as an island . . . and the biggest in the world.

Review

Can I Come Too? brings together ten animals of varying shapes, sizes, and sensibilities on a journey to find the biggest creature in the world. Little Mouse was, of course, the smallest, yet lead the group by the lake, along the river, through a small valley, a city zoo, and up a small mountainside before ending at the ocean. The animals are cordial despite differences in size and natural instincts. A few are humorous, adding a new layer to the story.

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The cat is inclined to enjoy both the mouse and the bird, but chooses instead to join in the adventure, its curiosity getting the best of it. The tiger—with “paws as big as frying pans”—even promises not to eat anyone if only he could join the adventure. Like with Cat, Tiger is unanimously welcomed into the growing group. The Little Mouse looks to be no larger than one of Tiger’s front claws. In this spread, five other animals show their claws, all of which are larger than Little Mouse. The Kingfisher bird comfortably rests upon Tiger’s tail as if it sits here daily.

I love that none of these animals had to be afraid of another. The journey is more important to them than following a natural inclination to make a snack out of a smaller animal. One of the funniest parts, to me, is when the group comes upon the dog. Little Mouse asks the dog,

“Are you the biggest creature in the world?”
[Before Dog can answer} The cat said, “He’s the scruffiest creature, but certainly not the biggest.”

I could hear the sarcasm in the cat’s voice as it scrutinizes the dog. Then there is the animal that Little Mouse never approaches, yet decides the adventure is worth joining, so it follows the group out of the zoo. I think kids will enjoy meeting these creatures and deciding for themselves if the group has met the world’s biggest creature. They will also enjoy identifying each animal and comparing each to the next, always larger, animal to join the group.

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The colored pencil on cartridge paper* illustrations realistically portray each animal and its surroundings. The brightest object is the Kingfisher bird with its bright blue feathers—with white dots on its head—and an orange belly. Rather than a more traditional green frog, the artist created a brown frog, but kids will easily recognize each creature. The most beautiful spread is, appropriately, the spread showcasing the biggest creature in the world. The magnificent yellow-orange sky on the right shines down upon the ocean and the name of the creature, making them stand out. All the animals in the adventure stand silhouetted on the bank, marveling at the creature they have found.

Young children and parents will both enjoy Can I Come Too? In addition to the gorgeous illustrations and the variety of animals, the mouse’s adventure sends a strong message that one does not need to be big, or bold, or brave to enjoy a magnificent adventure and gain new friends along the way. I like that the tiger and the cat choose the journey and its surprises against eating the smaller animals (as is their nature), showing kids that it is possible for anyone to become friends when they have the correct mindset. Can I Come Too is the perfect first adventure for young readers.

*cartridge art paper is a very heavy drawing paper (90 gsm to 128gsm), and sometimes toned, and used mainly in Britain and Australia.

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CAN I COME TOO? Text copyright © 2013 by Brian Patten. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Nicola Bayley. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta, GA.

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Purchase Can I Come Too? at AmazonB&NBook DepositoryPeachtree Publishersyour favorite book store.

Learn more about Can I Come Too? HERE

Meet the author, Brian Patten, at his website:   www.brianpatten.co.uk

Meet the illustrator, Nicola Bayley, at her pinterest:   http://www.pinterest.com/bustersays/art-of-nicola-bayley/

Find wonderful picture books at the Peachtree Publishers website:   http://peachtree-online.com/

Can I Come Too? was first published in 2013 in Great Britain by Andersen Press.

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Also by Brian Patten

The Most Impossible Parents

The Most Impossible Parents

Thawing Frozen Frogs

Thawing Frozen Frogs

The Monsters' Guide to Choosing a Pet

The Monsters’ Guide to Choosing a Pet

The Big Snuggle-Up

The Big Snuggle-Up

 

 

 

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Also by Nicola Bayley

The Big Snuggle-Up

The Big Snuggle-Up

PARROT CAT

PARROT CAT

POLAR BEAR CAT

POLAR BEAR CAT

The Curious Cat

The Curious Cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19. New Holiday Book

I have a new book out for the holidays. Here are some samples of the art inside.



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20. Society of Illustrators to Host ‘The Art of Leo and Diane Dillon’ Exhibit

BuzzThe Society of Illustrators will host an exhibition called “The Art of Leo and Diane Dillon.”

This art show will open on October 21, 2014 and run until December 20, 2014. Visitors will see pieces from the famed husband-and-wife artistic collaborators.

Throughout their careers, the Dillon created illustrations for more than 50 children’s books. Together, they won several awards including two Caldecott Medals.

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21. Update

Hi everyone,

great dane the protector

Doesn’t my Great Dane look terrifyingly loving towards its two little charges? Thanks Mike. I love these pups you “doodled.”

I really miss everyone and writing about children’s books each day. I apologize for the lack of reviews these past two weeks. I wish I could say this will immediately improve, but I cannot. Anyone who I promised to post for a book tour, I will sincerely do my best to get the review posted as scheduled. Other reviews will post as I am able.

Currently, I am in a rehab hospital being put through torturous therapy by the PT’s and OT’s. They are relentlessness and no excuse, regardless how creative it may be, is acceptable. I think next week a medieval torture rack will be used. I plan to hide under the dining room table all week.

Actually, thus far therapy is going well. I figure the more painful it is, the better I must be doing. The next goal is to walk, with a walker, even though there is only one  hip to hold me up. That is not a joke, this is the goal, but a good plan in the long run—so I have been told and am trying to believe. I keep seeing my butt hitting the floor resulting in cries of, well, cries.

Everyone here is pleasant, and easy to work with. They seem to love their job—most of them. I feel bad for the elderly and infirm who either cannot or are afraid to speak up. Thankfully, I have only encountered one nurse I worry about. We’ve already had an encounter, where she was more than unprofessional, but I spoke up. We’ll see if it helps.

The bad news is the hip will not be replaced for another 6 to 8 weeks, assuming the infection has been cured, and I will remain an occupant of the rehab hospital until then. The 38 staples are itching like, hm, what itches like crazy? Whatever that is, that is how these staples itch.  The better I feel, the less I hurt, the more energy I acquire, and the more time in my filled up day I can find the more reviews will be posted or other’s posts commented upon.

I enjoyed Donna’s first day of officially posting. She had worked hard for several months to get her site just right before letting us see it. I thought you wrote a post, clicked save, and came back daily to repeat. By the looks of Donna’s site, maybe taking your time can work, too. I’ve decided this is the approach I have been taking for the past several years while I “work on” on my personal wordpress site. Thanks Donna, for giving me a viable exc . . . reason, for not yet having the site up and running.To see her WordPress wonder, click here:  http://writersideup.com/

That is what is happening thus far in my unexpected journey. I will not be accepting any books until January. If I have reviewed for you in the past and you have a new book on the horizon, I’ll consider it, depending upon how the left side of my body is feeling. By January, all of this should be old news. I would appreciate all your prayers to that effect, if not earlier.

Cannot wait to return. Take due care, blogging is a devilish business.

Sue :)

 


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22. Zac’s Destiny

A Sword and Sorcery children’s fantasy adventure, out now on Kindle!

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Zac’s Destiny is a children’s sword and sorcery fantasy novel aimed at the nine years of age to mid teen market.
Zac is a fifteen year old stable boy whose life is turned upside down when he finds himself in the midst of demons, magic and a perilous quest. The land around Albemerle castle is under attack, and the only hope of survival for Zac and the people he loves is to find the great wizard, Aldric.
Men have already died trying.
Strange dreams mark the beginning of Zac’s life changing events. Armed with a magic sword, ring and crystal, he sets out with a group of soldiers to find Aldric. Demon attack almost ends Zac’s quest as soon as it begins.
Zac refuses to give up, and soon finds himself accompanied by unusual travelling companions. Many dangers bar their way. Only Zac’s determination and the unexpected help he receives can make it possible to find and free Aldric, and return for the final battle to save the land…

Click here to see site.

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23. Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers to Create a Sequel For ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’

The Day The Crayons QuitChildren’s books creators Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers will reunite to collaborate on a sequel to The Day The Crayons Quit.

Publisher Michael Green negotiated the deal with Steven Malk of Writers House and Paul Moreton of Bell, Lomax, Moreton Agency. Philomel Books, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, will publish the new picture book in August 2015.

Green had this statement in the press release: “It’s gratifying to see the Crayons finally getting their due, yet many revealing tales remain untold. I have a feeling every child, crayon, and crayon activist will be inspired by this latest tale of artistic heroism.”

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24. The Paddington Trail Will Open in London

Paddington MovieIn celebration of the Paddington movieVisitlondon.com, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), and STUDIOCANAL have designed The Paddington Trail.

50 Paddington Bear statues will be installed all over London from November 4th to December 30th. Fans will find these artistic pieces at a variety of museums, parks, stores, and landmarks.

Here’s more about the event: “Each of the statues will be created by artists, designers, and celebrities with the trail following the travelling bear’s favourite places in London. There will also be a selection of suggested mini trails available on this website when The Paddington Trail is opened.” Follow this link to watch a video with more information.

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25. Book Trailer for Zac’s Destiny

Please check out my book trailer for Zac’s Destiny on YouTube!

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