A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt-Episode 5-Poetry Friday

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hey! It’s Episode #5 of A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt. I, the GREAT Aunt, team up with Landon, the GREAT nephew, to bring you, our GREAT readers, a-picture-with-a-poem sort of thing. In each episode, I write a poem and Landon illustrates my poem. Landon is a fifth-grader and his drawings are amazing!!!

Today is Episode 5. If you missed previous episodes, you can view them by clicking below.
Episode 1: An Adventuresome Moose
Episode 2: Robot Repair
Episode 3: OUCH!
Episode 4: Frolicking Foliage

Isn’t it fun that Episode 5 just happens to land on the scariest day of the year? Yay! Halloween! So, of course, we’re going to celebrate this holiday in style!

Episode 5: Trick-or-Treats

The Poem

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The Picture 
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Art by Landon

Cackle! Cackle! Cackle!

Hope you enjoyed Episode 5. We appreciate you hanging out with us on Halloween and hope to see you back in two weeks for Episode 6 🙂

Linda Baie at Teacher Dance has the Poetry Friday Fright-filled Feast of poetry treats! Be sure to head on over and read to your heart’s content.

Halloweensie-HG (Haunted and Ghostly) TV-Ex-Scream Makeover: Ghost Edition

It’s Halloweensie time!!!! If you haven’t participated in Hallooweensie, you don’t know what you’re missing. You can participate by posting a story or you can participate by reading the stories that are posted, Easy, huh?

Susanna Leonard Hill is the brain behind Halloweensie. And, don’t worry . . . her brain is not from some random jar like Frankenstein’s brain. Her brain is organized. Her brain thinks up easy rules. And her brain thinks up teeny, tiny 100-word stories for examples. Her brain encourages your brain to come up with your own story.

All you have to do is follow these simple rules I copied from Susanna’s website:

Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkinbroomstick, and creak.   Your story can be poetry or prose, scary, funny or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!)  Get it?  Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people 🙂  (And yes, I know 100 words is short but that’s part of the fun and the challenge!  We got nearly 80 fantastic entries last year so I know you can do it!)  Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. creak, creaky, creaks, creaking, creaked.  No illustration notes please!

There are prizes, too! All the details are HERE on Susanna’s website. I will post her link again after my story so that you can head on over and read all the other fun Halloweensie stories.

My entry comes in at 98 words.

HG (Haunted and Ghostly) TV
Ex-Scream Makeover: Ghost Edition

Harvest moon, inky night.
Haunted house, shivering fright.

Owls perched on broomstick limbs
hooting dreary, daunting hymns.

Broken windows, shambled shutters
framing ghostly flits and flutters.

Groaning porch, creaking rocker.
Vvvv-elcome mat, tarnished knocker.

Moaning greeter at the door,
“Enter. View our ghost decor.”

Darkened bedrooms, shrouded beds.
Tombstone pillows, piled for heads.

Dingy closets, chains and clothes.
Empty shoes in mildewed rows.

Dripping faucet, rusty sink.
Grimy mirror, phantom wink.

Wilting, weedy flower bed.
Rotting pumpkins, weathered shed.

Morning light, nearly here.
Soon the moon will disappear.

Floating host, wailing “O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o!”
A spooky way to bid adieu.

Head on over to Susanna’s place. It’s only haunted during Halloweensie season and it’s not all that scary. Just click HERE.

 

 

 

 

GHOST IN THE HOUSE-Perfect Picture Book Friday

Use your most ghostly voice to read the following . . .

O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-o-O

O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-o-O

O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-o-O

O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-o-O

o

o

o

o

BOO!

Welcome to Perfect Picture Boo Friday! Actually it’s Perfect Picture Book Friday :-), but I’m trying to set a mood here!

Don’t be scared, but I have a spooky pick for today. And my pick should be in your house. Because it is …….

ghost in the house

GHOST IN THE HOUSE
Written by Ammi-Joan Paquette
Illustrated by Adam Record
Themes: Counting, Rhyme, Language Fun, Holiday
Ages: 3-7

Synopsis: When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway, he suddenly hears…a groan! Turns out it’s only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost, until they encounter…a monster! As the cautious explorers continue, they find a surprise at every turn — and add another adorably ghoulish friend to the count. But you’ll never guess who is the scariest creature in the house!
Boo! Watch out for this rollicking, cumulative counting book for a Halloween treat that’s more playful than scary.

Opening: There’s a ghost in the house,
In the creepy haunted house,
On this dark, spooky night, all alone.
And he goes slip-slide
With a swoop and a glide
Until suddenly he hears . . .
A GROAN!

Resources: I don’t think it will give anything away to tell you about the characters that appear in the story-a ghost, a mummy, a monster, a skeleton, a witch, and a child. I have crafts to go along with each. HERE is the cutest Ghostly Ghoul Wreath made with tissues and a few other items. The wreath is adorable, but you could also make individual ghosts. And click HERE to have a look at these paper towel mummies. HERE are footprint monsters that are too adorable to miss! HERE are Q-tip skeletons. And HERE are handprint witches. Parents could help young children make these at home. The child/children could hold up the characters as they appear in the story and pretend that they are the child in the story. The same thing could be done in the classroom, or the teacher could divide the class into five groups (ghosts, mummies, monsters, skeletons, witches), and each group would make and represent a character in the story.

Why I Like This Book: I love the month of October. Crisp mornings, colorful foliage, cups of pumpkin spice coffee, and of course . . .
Halloween picture books! This is a spooktacular (sorry, couldn’t resist) Halloween picture book! And it’s rhyming! Those of you who drop by often know that I LOVE rhyming picture books and this one is so much fun! The language! Oh the language! I just love, “he goes slip-slide with a swoop and a glide”! Oh.my.ghostness! Isn’t that too cute? Can’t you just see the ghost ghosting along? And the too-cute-to-be-scary illustrations are especially appealing. I rarely think of hugging a ghost or a mummy or a monster or a skeleton or a witch, but I’m telling you, if these little characters were haunting my house, I’d insist on a group hug 🙂 So float on down to the bookstore or to your library and haunt the salesperson or librarian until they bring you GHOST IN THE HOUSE!

Susanna Leonard Hill is the host of Perfect Picture Book Friday. Check out today’s links on her blog. She has compiled a categorized list of the books that have been reviewed on other Fridays. It’s an incredible resource for parents and teachers. For me as a writer, it has been a way to build my library list each week. To access the list, click HERE.

Cover Reveal for THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT

There once was an author who let out a squeal

when the day came around for her cover reveal.

She loves it! Adores it! And can’t wait for you

to love and adore it and squeal along, too!

Are you eyes open wide?

Are you ready to squeal?

What a wonderful day. . .

. . . the cover reveal!

I’m revealing my cover over at EMUs Debuts today! I’d love for you to come over and have a look 🙂 Just click HERE.

A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt-Episode 4-Poetry Friday

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Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

It’s time for another episode of A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt. I, the GREAT Aunt, team up with Landon, the GREAT nephew, to bring you, our GREAT readers, a-picture-with-a-poem sort of thing. In each episode, I write a poem and Landon illustrates my poem. And I must mention that Landon is a fifth grader. Yes! A fifth grader drew our amazing banner! Today is Episode 4. If you missed previous episodes, you can view them by clicking below.
Episode 1: An Adventuresome Moose
Episode 2: Robot Repair
Episode 3: OUCH!

For today’s episode, I have a poem for the season and Landon’s illustration has his special touch that brings my words to life.

Episode 4: Frolicking Foliage

The Poem

picture

The Picture 
Art by Landon

Art by Landon

That’s one magical pencil sharpener, isn’t it? I’m going to have to ask Landon where I can get one!

Thanks to all of you who joined us for Episode 4 of A GREAT Nephew & A GREAT Aunt. See you back for Episode 5 in two weeks 🙂

Michelle Barnes has the Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog, Today’s Little Ditty. If you’re not too scared, head on over for some shivery fun!

My Picture Book Critique Service

Today is a big day for me. I am launching my paid critique service! It wasn’t that long ago that I was looking for a professional to critique manuscripts for me. I was just starting out on my wonderful journey of becoming a children’s author. I had manuscripts completed, but I had read enough about the world of publishing to know that I needed someone else’s eyes on my work before sending them to editors or agents. I knew I needed someone who would give me honest and constructive feedback. Early on, I was lucky enough to receive critiques that helped me take my writing to the next level. I can honestly say that the early feedback I received made me even more serious about writing picture books that would stand out in the market and catch an editor’s eye.

Fast forward to today. I have now been in an amazing critique group for over three years. Additionally, I have an amazing critique partner. On top of that, I’ve exchanged manuscripts with children’s authors I’ve met through social media, and with authors I’m connected with through my agency. That means I have received amazing feedback on my manuscripts. It, also, means that I have learned to critique by completing a LOT of critiques. As of today, I have completed over 190 critiques of picture book manuscripts! I couldn’t believe it when I counted!

I have more information and testimonials on the Critique Services page on my website.Thank you for coming by today to read about my new venture. And if you need a fresh pair of eyes on your picture book manuscript or are interested in learning more about my Critique Service, please visit my page by clicking HERE.

Perfect Picture Book Friday-One Big Pair of Underwear

Can you believe we’re going to talk about underwear today? Especially bears in underwear? Especially two bears in one big pair of underwear? Well, it’s not my fault. It’s Laura Gehl’s fault for writing a book that I just had to share on this Perfect Picture Book Friday.

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One Big Pair of Underwear
Written by Laura Gehl
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Themes: Counting, Sharing, Rhyme, Language Fun
Ages: 3-8

Synopsis: (from Booklist) The word underwear is enough to make kids erupt in giggles. But when two bears contemplate sharing one pair of underwear, youngsters will be rolling in the aisles. Add rhymes, tongue twisters, and alliteration into the mix, and you’ll find spirited entertainment in this picture-book introduction to basic concepts. A joy to read aloud with its well-paced rhythms…Placed on crisp white backgrounds, the digitally colored pencil illustrations are full of charm and humor. With a unique method of introducing subtraction, this wholly engaging title will be requested over and over again.

Opening: ONE big pair of underwear.
TWO brown bears who hate to share.
ONE bear wears the underwear.
ONE bear cries, “This isn’t fair!”

Resources: On her website, Laura has guides for using One Big Pair of Underwear for Language Arts and Math. Click HERE to view her guides.

  • Why I Like This Book: Those of you who read my Perfect Picture Book posts know that I love silly, humorous books. So the fact that this is over-the-top silly is my number one reason for liking this book. But, last night I was rereading it to see if I could pick a few other reasons why I like this book (even though over-the-top silly is good enough for me 🙂 ). I read it out loud, of course, because that is way a picture book should be read. And even though I have read this book many times and I know what’s coming, I couldn’t stop giggling. So here we are back at the over-the-top silly reason, and that’s what I’m going with! That’s why I like this book! And without spoiling anything, I’ll mention a few things that made me giggle besides the underwear.
  • the tongue-twisty Seuss-ish rhyme
  • the yaks
  • the goats
  • “SIX cooks pull books out of nooks.” (divine)
  • the SIX divinely illustrated cooks (no, I’m not telling what the cooks look like)
  • the whining cow
  • the parade

So put on your underwear (and a few other items of clothing) and get to a bookstore or the library! Pronto!

Susanna Leonard Hill is the host of Perfect Picture Book Friday. Check out today’s links on her blog. She has compiled a categorized list of the books that have been reviewed on other Fridays. It’s an incredible resource for parents and teachers. For me as a writer, it has been a way to build my library list each week. To access the list, click HERE.