Posted tagged ‘Humor’

A Winning Team

November 16, 2017

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Author, Mac Barnett, and illustrator, Jon Klassen, have teamed up once again to create another winner. The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse is a tongue in cheek or a-duck-and-a-mouse-in-a-wolf’s-belly tale. Everything about this book is perfect – the pacing, the dialogue, the humor, and the delightfully funny illustrations done in muted tones and mixed media. The story is simply told. A mouse is gobbled up by a wolf and meets a duck who lives inside the wolf’s belly. The mouse sees life is good for the duck and wants to stay. The two celebrate with a dance and give the wolf a woeful stomach ache. Things go well for the duck and the mouse until a hunter tries to shoot the wolf. The duck and the mouse fight to defend their home and save the wolf who is thankful not to have perished at the hands of the hunter. He grants the two a favor. What did they ask? To find out the rest of the story, you’ll have to read this hilarious book!

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Problems, Problems

April 27, 2017

Tuesday was World Penguin Day. Who can resist penguins? They’re cute, and they waddle. I hope you didn’t forget your inner child and you waddled like one on Tuesday.

Did you know that sometimes penguins have problems? Read on.

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Penguin Problems written by Jory John and illustrated by Lane Smith, Random House Books for Young Readers.

Penguin is having a bad day. Nothing is right. It’s too early. It’s too cold. There’s too much snow. It’s too bright. It’s one problem after another. Then a walrus comes along with some inspirational words about appreciating what you have. It takes Penguin a while to realize there is a point to the walrus’s words, and Penguin begins to see the world around him as a better place. But then again, there are always Penguin problems. Lane Smith’s delightful illustrations combined with Jory John’s text make this book a laugh-out-loud success for both children and adults.

Waddle to your local library or bookstore and pick up Penguin Problems and some of my other penguin favorites.

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Penguin and Pinecone: a friendship story written and illustrated by Salina Yoon, Walker & Company

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 Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups written and illustrated by Tadgh Bentley, Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

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 Grumpy Pants written and illustrated by Claire Messer, Albert Whitman & Company

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 And Tango Makes Three written by Justin Richardson; Peter Parnell and illustrated by Henry Cole, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

 

Cut to the Humor

February 23, 2017

Humor:  The quality of being amusing or comic, especially as expressed in literature or speech; a mood or state of mind.

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We Are Growing! is a beginning reader written and illustrated by Laurie Keller. Some people (adults) may not find this book humorous. Kids certainly will. I, an adult with a child-like sense of humor, find this book hilarious! The main characters are seven blades of grass and one weed that grow. If you can’t see the humor in grass and a weed growing, then you don’t know Laurie Keller and her work. Ms. Keller’s artistic expression shines in the distinctive personalities she gives to each of her characters. To further convey humor, she incorporates various elements – onomatopoeic words, speech bubbles, and superlative forms of words used by the main characters to describe themselves. And then there are those cute little bugs that make an appearance. When the blades of grass realize they’re growing in very different ways, they each find a quality that makes them exceptional in one way or another. Only one blade of grass can’t decide what he is. Time is of the essence because there is a loud buzzing noise headed for the grass. (The horror of it all!) Don’t worry. In the end, all turns out well. With spare text and repetition, this is a perfect book for beginning readers, but don’ let the simplicity of it fool you. This book is as much for adults as it is for children. Kids will see it as silly, and if you’re an adult, subliminal layers of humor are there for the taking. Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie characters give this book a great send-off and an “end-off.” As Elephant and Piggie say, “This book is the FUNNIEST!”

By the way, Laurie Keller’s book We Are Growing! won the 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader. Who’s laughing now?

 

 

 

An Out of this World Book!

September 15, 2016

I’m always on the lookout for picture books that entertain readers – especially if I’m reading it multiple times to youngsters. While at our local library, I found a book that does just that.

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Best Frints in the Whole Universe is written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis − an award-winning author. Kids and adults who have a lively sense of humor will love this book. Portis has a wonderful grasp of wordplay. She uses words that are spelled and pronounced differently but are easily translated into our everyday language. The illustrations are bold, bright, and hysterical. The theme is friendship, but sometimes these friends don’t always get along. A poke in the eye, a bite on the tail, some angry words, and a ruined spossip are actions that could mean the end of their relationship, but these quirky characters manage to patch things up. No matter how you say it or read it, the two will always be “best frints.” Don’t forget to look at the end pages. It’s a picture dictionary of words used on the planet Boborp. If you want an out of this world experience, read this book!

Make sure to go to your library and find other great books.

Don’t miss next week’s blog. The winner of the Toby giveaway will be announced! If you want a chance to win a swag bag and the book, make a comment on my last week’s blog before 11:59 tonight, 9-15-16. 

 

 

Summer Reading

June 23, 2016

Summer reading. Share the adventure!

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Check out these websites for some great summer reading choices for kids.

Summer Reading Guide 2016 Ages 0-12

Science is for Girls:  25 Books About Female Scientists  

The New York Times® Bestsellers:  Children’s Picture Books 

ALSC Summer Reading Lists

Summer Reading Lists for Kids Ages 6-14

100 Best Books Every Boy (and Girl) Should Read 

 

 

 

 

Are You an April Fool?

March 31, 2016

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April Fool’s Day is tomorrow! Watch your back. Jokers will be on the loose.

The AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY defines fool in multiple ways. For April Fool’s Day, this is the perfect definition – one who has been tricked and made to look ridiculous – a dupe.

Good or bad, we are all fools in one way or another. Which of these quotes describes the fool in you?

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubt.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.” ~Ben Johnson

“Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” ~Bertrand Russell

“There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t.” ~Josh Billings

“Nothing fools you better than the lie you tell yourself.” ~Teller

“Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.” ~Frank Dane

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There are songs about fools. Do these speak to you?

“The Fool on the Hill” The Beatles

“Everybody Plays the Fool” Aaron Neville

“Chain of Fools” Aretha Franklin

“Why Do Fools Fall in Love” Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

“What a Fool Believes” Doobie Brothers

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April Fool! Watch Out at School! written and illustrated by Diane deGroat, HarperCollins

April Foolishness written by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Albert Whitman & Company

April Fool, Phyllis! written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler, Holiday House

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Barnyard Fun written by Maureen Wright and illustrated by Paul Rátz de Tagyos, Two Lions

Have a great April Fool’s Day, but remember …

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”~Alexander Pope

 

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

February 7, 2013

Pat Zietlow Miller, author of the forthcoming picture book, Sophie’s Squash, asked me to take part in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop.

What is the Next Big Thing? Participating writers answer a standard set of questions about what they are currently writing or have written. They then tag other writers to do the same. It keeps the Next Big Thing Blog Hop hop, hop, hopping along!

I’ve been writing for quite a while. I’ve had articles and stories published in children’s and educational magazines, and I’ve had two early readers published. I’ve also had the unfortunate experience of having a two-book contract cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Writing is hard work. It takes time, passion, patience, creativity, a little bit of luck, and a hefty sense of humor (for those rejections).

So what’s my NEXT BIG THING? I’m hoping it’s the piece I’m currently revising.

What is the working title of your next book?

Up Your Nose, Noah Zielinski!

Where did the idea come from for the book?

My husband has always said my nose smells things most noses don’t. So I put my nose to the grindstone and my brain to the task at hand and came up with an idea for a book where the main character’s nose plays an important part.

What genre does your book fall under?

Chapter Book Humor

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’m clueless here. Casting call! I’m looking for two fresh young actors for the main characters who are naturals when it comes to acting and humor. Of course, the actor playing Noah must have a good looking sniffer on his face.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Noah Zielinski is on a mission to convince his mom to let him get a potbellied pig, but his plans go awry and a freak accident involving his nose creates chaos in his quest for his pet.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

My agent is Stephen Fraser from The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. I’m in the process of doing a revision for him. When I’m finished, I hope he thinks Noah Zielinski reeks of success!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Sometimes it’s easier for me to think of an idea than it is to actually get it down on paper. After much procrastination, it took me eight months to complete the first draft.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Dare I compare my writing to these authors whose works I admire? There are similarities in my book and That Crazy Eddie and the Science Project of Doom written by Judy Cox and Mason Dixon Pet Disasters written by Claudia Mills. Each of these stories has two boys as best friends, some crazy ideas, and humor. I can only wish to be as prolific as these two wonderful authors.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with my agent at a conference we both attended. He suggested I try writing a chapter book. I came up with a few ideas, and after a short session of brainstorming, Noah was born.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Noah has an older sister who he considers a diva. The two of them are constantly at odds, trying to one-up each other with their zingers. Beneath all their squabbling, there is genuine admiration between the two.

Writer you’ve tagged for the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.

April Jones Prince, my friend and talented author, has graciously agreed to hop aboard and do the NEXT BIG THING. Look for her blog post next week. April Jones Prince: Blog


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