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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

 

 

Ghostwriter

March 21, 2013

I’m a writer. My mind is always on the go. It’s popping ideas about a current project or a future one. I’m constantly scribbling on paper, napkins, my hand – whatever is available at the time an idea knocks on my brain.

It so happens the middle of the night is a very popular time for ideas to creep into my subconscious and zap me into consciousness.

Inspiration came the other night. Being careful not to wake the adorable sleeping giant beside me, I quietly reached for the pen and notebook I keep under my side of the bed. In the dark, I wrote down my ideas. I made a distinct point of writing legibly. Too often, I’ve hurriedly scribbled my ideas on paper only to find I’m unable to decipher my writing the next morning. Satisfied that I had all my thoughts neatly written down, I rolled over and went to sleep.

Morning arrived. It was going to be a good day for writing. I just knew it. I took my notebook to my computer. I sat down to read my overnight inspiration. Read what?

The page was empty. I flipped through the notebook forwards and backwards – nothing! My words had disappeared. Did I dream my inspiration? Did someone sneak into the bedroom and steal my words of wisdom? Was it ghostwritten, using invisible words? Maybe that’s how H.G. Wells was inspired to write The Invisible Man!

Upon further investigation, I found the pen was inkless, and I was left wordless and idealess. Back to the writing board.


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