New Release: Blue in the Face by Gerry Swallow

blue in the face

 

When Elspeth Pule, an eleven-year-old brat, wakes up one day in a strange forest, she finds some familiar faces around her–those of the nursery rhyme characters she grew up reading about. But as she soon learns from Humpty Dumpy, a suave, tuxedo-wearing egg, what she knows is a twisted version of the truth concocted by the evil Old King Krool–and none of the characters are who she thinks.

Elspeth couldn’t care less, but she soon gets pulled into the fight against Krool’s tyranny. And if she wants to get home, she’ll need to learn some compassion–and teach the characters that sometimes a good old-fashioned tantrum is exactly what’s necessary.

Told in a hilarious voice and with black and white illustrations throughout, this “revolutionary” tale is perfect for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch and Lemony Snicket.

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (January 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619634872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619634879

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ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS SHELF

Gerry Swallow is the author of A Whole Nother Story–which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was an Al Roker Today Show pick–and its sequels Another Whole Nother Story and No Other Story, all written under the pseudonym Dr. Cuthbert Soup. He began his career as a stand-up comic, making numerous appearances on NBC’s Tonight Show. He then turned his attention to writing movies, including the blockbuster hit, Ice Age: The Meltdown.
http://www.awholenotherbook.com.

Valerio Fabbretti is the author and illustrator of children’s books and comic books in both the USA and Italy. He was born in Rome and currently lives in San Francisco.
http://www.valeriofabbretti.com/.

 

 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Other Favorite Children’s Songs

It’s time to sing along to twelve children’s favorites. From “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” to “Skip to my Lou,” and from  “I’m A Little Teapot” to “Pop! Goes the Weasel” and more, these children’s classics are sure to get you and your toddler in happy mood. Accompanied by the fun and beautiful artwork of Hannah Wood, your child will be thrilled to call this book his own.

Wood has created a wonderful niche for herself. Just like in This Little Piggy and Other Favorite Action Rhymes and Hey Diddle, Diddle and Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes, she is reimagining classics for a contemporary audience. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Board book:22 pages
  • Publisher:Tiger Tales; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1589258746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258747
  • SRP: $8.95

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

Hey Diddle, Diddle and Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes by Hannah Wood

Classic nursery rhymes comes alive for your little ones with Hey Diddle, Diddle illustrated by Hannah Wood.

One of the greatest things about being a parent is sharing things from your own childhood with your kids. In this padded board book, classic nursery rhymes like Old Mother Hubbard, Pop! Goes the Weasel, Jack Sprat, Yankee Doodle, and many more are brought to life by Wood’s fun and colorful illustrations. Its bright cover will have kids picking this one up over and again. Great for playtime or bedtime, Hey Diddle, Diddle is a wonderful book to add to your toddler’s library.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Hardcover:20 pages
  • Publisher:Tiger Tales; Padded Board Book edition (March 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-10:1589258703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258709
  • SRP: $8.95

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for my review.

Other Goose Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations go out to Beverly, our winner of a copy of Other Goose by J. otto Siebold. I’ll contact Beverly now to get her mailing address. 

Thanks to all who participated.  Look for more giveaways coming soon!

Other Goose by J. otto Seibold (Giveaway)

 From the author of Olive, the Other Reindeer comes a rhyming collection of updated Mother Goose rhymes for the modern reader.

See Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Little Boy Blue, and other favorite Mother Goose characters like you’ve never seen them before when you open the pages of Other Goose: Re-Nurseried!!! and Re-Rhymed!! Children’s Classics.

As I was working through Picture Book Idea Month in November, I thought about new twists on nursery rhymes. So, when the chance to review J. otto Siebold’s new book, Other Goose, I was eager to get my hands on it. This is a funny, colorful book filled with favorite characters in all new scenes.  Humpty Dumpty’s story is told in four parts, Jack and Jill have a new friend named Bill, Little Boy Blue is going to blow his tuba, and the little old woman who lived in a shoe has now moved into a sneaker.

Couple these new rhymes with Seibold’s vivid and zany artwork, and you’re sure to have a book that kids will enjoy.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN-10: 0811868826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811868822
  • SRP:  $19.99
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    This Little Piggy: And Other Favorite Action Rhymes Illustrated by Hannah Wood

     If you and your preschooler are ready for some playtime, pick up a copy of This Little Piggy: And Other Favorite Action Rhymes from tiger tales.

    In this lively collection of traditional fingerplays and action verses, youngsters can join in the singing, tickling, wiggling, and clapping with more than fifteen favorite laptime rhymes.  From “Pat-a-Cake” to “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”, and from “Here is the Church” to “Five Little Monkeys”, your child will enjoy playing along and singing along right with you.

    I am a huge fan of interactive reading materials. That’s why I have always enjoyed The Crypto-Capers series by Renee Hand. One of the best ways I know how to get kids interested in reading at a young age is by making reading fun. That’s exactly what This Little Piggy does.  

    I wasn’t familiar with the artwork of Hannah Wood until this book. Now I’m going to search for more books that she’s illustrated. Her characters are cute, charming, and sometimes funny. The spiders are playful and fuzzy looking, the fingers on the hand for “Where is Thumbkin?” have faces, and there are five adorable little monkeys dressed in pajamas jumping on the bed. I swear the doctor told them not to do that. 😉

    Preschools and homes everywhere will want to own a copy of This Little Piggy: And Other Favorite Action Rhymes.

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 1589258495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258495
  • SRP:  $8.95
  • Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂



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