A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Blogging Break and 98 Collaborations!

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Thanks to Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup for hosting Poetry Friday today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Welcome! Today I wanted to share that A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt will be taking a break. (more info below) My next book, A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE, is coming Sept. 5, 2017 and I want to have some extra time to prepare for the release.

About the Book

From the creators of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight comes a fun fractured fairy tale about an aspiring chef who mistakenly turns story ingredients into delectable dishes. . . . Uh-oh!

In the magical land of fairy tales, William doesn’t quite fit in. He’d rather poach pears than pursue princesses, and he values gnocchi over knighthood. . . .

When he stumbles on a delivery of food destined for Fairy-Tale Headquarters (a pumpkin, apples, and a few measly beans), he decides to spice things up and whips the paltry ingredients into delectable dishes. But as you might have guessed, Snow White’s wicked stepmother doesn’t exactly want her magic apple baked and drizzled with caramel.

The team that brought you There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight delivers a hilariously fractured, whipped, and souffléed fairy tale that is chock-full of delicious details and jokes to satisfy every appetite!

Click HERE to Pre-Order on Amazon.

While you’re waiting for A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt to return, take some time to browse through previous episodes. Between my collaborations with Landon and all the guest collaborations, the series has racked up 98 episodes!!! That’s more than enough to keep you immersed in poetry and art until the series returns in the fall. I keep them on a page right here on my website. It’s the tab at the top labeled A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. But today I wanted to list them in this post with links for your browsing pleasure. When I look through the list at the guests who have collaborated in the series, I am amazed. So many talented writers and artists have participated. So scroll down and find someone you know and check out their collaboration. Or pick someone new to you. Or pick two or three or more! And look for new collaborations this fall.

Guests Episodes

Episode 1: Vivian Kirkfield & Grandson, Jeremy
Episode 2: David & Jeff Harrison, Father & Son
Episode 3: Laura Sassi and Daughter, little miss A
Episode 4: Catherine Johnson and Daughter, Hannah
Episode 5: Renée LaTulippe and Twin Sons, Claudio and Lorenzo
Episode 6: Kirsti Call and Daughter, Naomi
Episode 7: Pat Zietlow Miller and Daughter, Sonia
Episode 8: Diana Murray and Daughters, Kate and Jane
Episode 9: Laura Purdie Salas and Niece, Lily
Episode 10: Michelle Heidenrich Barnes and Daughter, Miranda
Episode 11: Julie Rowan-Zoch and Son, Aaron
Episode 12: Randi Sonenshine and Son, Ethan
Episode 13: Carrie Finison, Daughter, Mia, and Son, Eben
Episode 14: Erik and Josie Weibel, Brother and Sister
Episode 15: Rebecca Colby and Daughters, Sasha and Alanna
Episode 16: Iza Trapani and Stepson, Gabe
Episode 17: Lori Degman and Son, Brian
Episode 18: Elaine Kiely Kearns and Tomie dePaola-Friends/Student/Teacher
Episode 19: Cathy Ballou Mealey and Daughter, Grace
Episode 20: Jill Esbaum and Great Niece, Emaline
Episode 21: Linda Baie and Granddaughter, Ingrid
Episode 22: Julie Hedlund and Daughter, Molly
Episode 23: Kirsti Call and Daughter, Sydney
Episode 24: Sandy Lowe and Granddaughter, Mary
Episode 25: Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and Daughter, Georgia
Episode 26: Kristi Call and Daughter, Sophia
Episode 27: Kim Norman and Great Niece and Nephew, Beth Ann and Eric Woodruff
Episode 28: Buffy Silverman and Daughter, Emma
Episode 29: Henry Herz and Niece, Kate
Episode 30: Rosi Hollinbeck and Granddaughter, Gracie
Episode 31: Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, Friends
Episode 32: Nancy Raines Day and Great Granddaughter, McKenna
Episode 33: Violet Nesdoly and Grandson, Liam
Episode 34: Kirsti Call and Son, Sammy
Episode 35: Matt Forrest Esenwine With Daughter and Son
Episode 36: Irene Latham and Niece, Anna
Episode 37: Laura Shovan and Niece, Madeline
Episode 38: Kirsti Call and Son, James
Episode 39: Maria Gianferrari and Daughter, Anya
Episode 40: Ken Slesarik and His 1st-Grade Poets
Episode 41: Suzy Levinson and Her Niece, Svetlana
Episode 42: Charles Waters, His Niece, Amani, and His Nephew, Dane
Episode 43: Robyn Hood Black and her Niece, Sara
Episode 44: Brenda Harsham and Son, Kyle
Episode 45: Jennifer Cole Judd and Daughter, Anna
Episode 46: Carrie Charley Brown and Daughter, Chloe
Episode 47: Margaret Simon and Nephew, Jack
Episode 48: Brenda Harsham and Daughter, Anna
Episode 49: Miranda Paul and son, Amani + friend-bots, Tiffany and Aria
Episode 50: Annie Bailey and Son, Connor
Episode 50: Susan Kralovansky and Granddaughter, Layla
Episode 50: Laura Mucha and Her Friend’s Daughter, Poppy
Episode 50: Lynne Marie and her Daughter, Kayla Michelle
Episode 51: Liz Steinglass and Her Daughter, Naomi
Episode 52: Kristin Gray and Her 10-year-old Son, Copeland
Episode 53: Dave Gray and His Daughter, Erin
Episode 54: Ken Slesarik and His Daughter, Catherine
Episode 55: Matt Forrest Esenwine and His Daughter, Katherine
Episode 56: Rebecca Gomez and Her Niece, Rebekah
Episode 57: Nancy Tupper Ling and Her Daughter, Sarah
Episode 58: Linda Mitchell, Her Nephew Ian, Her Niece Aleah, and Her Niece Cora
Episode 59: Heidi Mordhorst and Her 2nd Grade Students
Episode 60: Sylvia Liu and Her Daughter, Sarah
Episode 61: Marcie Colleen and Three Nieces-Elizabeth, Elena, and Emily
Episode 62: Betsy Devany and Her Grandson, Landon
Episode 63: Laura Chamberlain Gehl With a Son and a Daughter
Episode 64: Carrie Clickard and Her Nephew, Brent
Episode 65: Linda Ashman and Her Young Friends, Mischa and Phoebe
Episode 66: Josh Funk and His Daughter, Chloe

Episodes Featuring Landon & Penny

Episode 1: An Adventuresome Moose
Episode 2: Robot Repair
Episode 3: OUCH!
Episode 4: Frolicking Foliage
Episode 5: Trick-or-Treats
Episode 6: Peach Pie
Episode 7: Leftover Turkey
Episode 8: Crumbled
Episode 9: Signed: Mr. Hare
Episode 10: I See a Heart
Episode 11: Tea Party
Episode 12: A Cow, a Moon, and a Suspicion
Episode 13: Haiku Achoo
Episode 14: Super Staples
Episode 15: Liberty
Episode 16: Elephant Robot vs. Mutant Dog Fish Plus The Landon Gallery
Episode 17: One More, Two More, S’More
Episode 18: Buttons
Episode 19: A Chant for Rudolph
Episode 20: Bee Buffet (featuring Landon’s sister Klaire)
Episode 21: A Day in the Life of Frog (featuring Landon’s sister, Kallie)
Episode 22: I’ll Take Eight of Those
Episode 23: Skipping Stone’s Autobiography
Episode 24: Springtime on Parade (featuring Penny’s great niece, Lorelai)
Episode 25: Pencil Riddle
Episode 26: Witch’s Brewing Dilemma 
Episode 27: Gobbling Getaway (featuring Penny’s great niece and Landon’s sister, Klaire)
Episode 28: Santa’s Team (featuring Penny’s great niece, Kennedy)
Episode 29: Butterfly
Episode 30: Frankenstein Valentine
Episode 31: Winter Show: Starring Snow (featuring Penny’s great nephew, Preston, along with his sister, Kennedy)
Episode 32: Zeppelin


Meet Great Aunt Penny (the one who blogs here): Penny Parker Klostermann is the author of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2015) and the upcoming, A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale(Random House, 2017). She loves all kinds of books, but especially loves very silly picture books that make her laugh. She has been known to hug her favorite picture books and seriously hopes that someday her books will gain huggable status too.

Penny grew up in Colorado and now lives in Abilene, Texas-the Storybook Capital of Texas!

Other Places to find Penny
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Winner of Linda Ashman’s Book-ELLA WHO?

Linda Ashman and her young friends, Mischa and Phoebe were guest collaborators on my blog series, A GREAT NEPHEW AND A GREAT AUNT. On April 21st, readers were delighted with poetry from Linda and illustrations from Mischa and Phoebe. If you missed the post, you can find it HERE. And if being my guest wasn’t enough, Linda generously offered a signed copy of her new book, ELLA WHO?

 

About the Story: When a baby elephant shows up on moving day, a young girl tries to tell her family. But they’re all so distracted (and, well, clueless), that the elephant slips by unnoticed. A friendship blooms as the two play throughout the day but, alas, the elephant must return home to the animal sanctuary. Fortunately it’s not too far away, and—as the girl discovers—is filled with many more potential playmates.

I counted the comments from readers and used an online random number generator to come up with the lucky winner!

And the winner is …..

Brenda Davis Harsham

Congratulations, Brenda! And a huge thank you to Linda!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Linda’s books…what are you waiting for? I’ve included her bio below so that you can visit her website and become familiar with her work. If you are a writer of picture books, or an aspiring writer of picture books, then you MUST read The Nuts & Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books that is listed in her bio. It is an invaluable resource. I’ve read it through and continue to go back to it for review and inspiration.

Linda’s next book, WILLIAM’S WINTER NAP, is coming October 10, 2017 and is available for pre-order. Click on the adorable cover to read more about this book.


Meet Linda: Linda Ashman is the author of more than thirty-five picture books and the creator of The Nuts & Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. New titles include Ella WHO?, illustrated by Sara Sanchez (Sterling, April 2017) and William’s Winter Nap, illustrated by Chuck Groenink (Disney-Hyperion, October 2017). She lives with her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Twitter: @lindaashman2