Booklove Bloghop and a PPBF Giveaway?

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Yup! The GIVEAWAY: this signed book – one of three that I stood on line for outside in February for SEVEN hours. Totally worth it!!! My local indie-bookseller, Old Firehouse Books tempted its customers with a challenge: the most copies of The Ocean at the End of the Lane sold by one of five chosen indies will be the lucky host of a Neil Gaiman visit! AND WE DID IT! A shout out to all the wonderful people I chilled with – literally! And the amazing staff and volunteers that made the event FUN! Leave the number of minutes it would take for you to WALK to the nearest seller of milk in your neighborhood in a comment below by Feb 15th-12amEST to win!

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Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Skottie Young
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2013
Ages: 8-12yrs
Themes: adventure stories, fathers, space and time
Opening: There was only orange juice in the fridge. Nothing else that you could put on cereal, unless you think that ketchup or mayonnaise or pickle juice would be nice on your Toastios, which I do not, and neither did my little sister, although she has eaten some pretty weird things in her day, like mushrooms in chocolate.
Summary: (from my library catalog) While picking up milk for his children’s cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

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I like this book because: it’s funny! I know, by definition, it is not a picture book, but there are pictures on every spread but one, AND I had to share it!

Resources/activities: go out for milk (or pickle juice if that’s what you’re into!) and think up your own adventure as you walk! I can walk to my neighborhood grocery store in 17 minutes – how long would it take you to get to your nearest seller of milk? Leave your answer in a comment below for a chance to win the signed copy of Fortunately, the Milk.

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H, J and K: Seven hours

For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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Booklove picks: I didn’t have to choose books that friends wrote, but I am lucky that I can!!! Click each for a quick review on goodreads

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Carrie Finison came up with the LOVE-ly idea to spread the booklove! Wanna show some booklove too? Check out the instructions on Penny Parker Klosterman’s post HERE. Be sure to include the adorable badge designed by Dana Carey. Dana is a writer and illustrator who is Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI France, and also one of the co-leaders of Sub It Club.

 

 

FC ADVENTure CALENDAR Day 12, and 12x12in’12 Party!

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A favorite book from my childhood is Go, Dog. Go!, by P.D. Eastman. It features dogs in all colors, utilizing all sorts of vehicles to get around. We didn’t have a car in Hannover, but we never needed to own one. In moving to Fort Collins from Germany we had to make a big adjustment. When we first arrived it was really important to me that we choose a place to live that allows for accessibility with a bicycle, or on foot. So we rented a house in Old Town, and finally bought one two years later. We only had one car for a few years, and with the trailer on the bike I was able to manage pretty well.

Bike paths in Fort Collins

We are fortunate that Fort Collins has a great bike culture, and many of the city’s streets are marked with bike paths. If you are looking to get somewhere via bike, the city has a Bike Coordinator to help you find the best route, bicycle safety resources and classes, route maps, a bike-and-ride program( buses that can carry up to two buses on the front at a time), status updates on bike trail conditions, bike cage access in one of the parking houses, bike-to-work-day and bike-to-school-day events, and more.

The bus system cannot be compared to any in Europe, but the city puts a lot of effort into promoting it’s use, including offering free bus fare for all students under 17, and all university students with a RamCard. They also work with neighboring communities to establish affordable regional transit services, for we may have train tracks, but no passenger trains. Unbelievable to us at first, but true. And at this point, with our barely stable economy, I only hope to see that happen. I’ll be sharing the story of our trolley in another ADVENTure post!

It’s Wednesday, and time for another idiom (WIX). I’ll keep ‘in motion’ with the thread of today’s post: on the home stretch: approaching something such as a task, race or journey. And I am! It’s the 12th day of the 12th month in 2012, a perfect day to celebrate! I have almost (19 days left!) successfully completed Julie Hedlund’s 12x12in’12 Challenge: 12 rough picture book drafts in 12 months in 2012! I am finding it too hard to express my gratitude to Julie and all my fellow participants – I am overflowing. So here is another Mr.Poppenfuss illustration, for IF: Explore, which expresses how I feel:

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PS: Happy Birthday Beth!

Fortunate Sentiments and SkADaMo 10

Biddy, a character from a January ’12 draft, is here with me to share my sentiments – she is my only MC that writes! (Please excuse the smudge on her chin – from a Porsche seat description on the other side of the scrap paper!)

I have everything to be grateful for at the moment, and for all the WONDERFUL gifts received this week I would like to give thanks:

I believe it started on Monday afternoon – Diane, a fellow 12x12er from the Land of the Long White Cloud, at thepatientdreamer.com, bestowed 6 others the Lovely Blog Award, including yours truly. To accept I must share seven things about myself: I could eat pizza every day if I had to; I love to wear wool – doesn’t scratch me in the least; I have two favorite colors: green and red; I have had four casts to mend broken bones and things; I completed an apprenticeship as a Fleischereifachverkaeuferin; I love to pull carrots from the garden soil; I’m always looking at cloud formations!

I am still overflowing with joy after fellow citizens voted on Tuesday: to give our President (Bronco-bama!) four more years, to provide New Hampshire with the nation’s first all-female congressional delegation, and 20 female US senators in 2013- a new record!

On Wednesday I won a copy of Sea Cutter, Book One in the Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe, by Timothy Davis from Erik on thiskidreviewsbooks.com. Read his review here.

As  an active participant in Julie Hedlund’s 12x12in’12 Challenge, I won, in another random drawing on Thursday, a 30-min. marketing and social media consultation with none other than Dianne de las Casas, founder of Picture Book Month! (Click on the ambassador badge in the sidebar to link up with more info!)

And I am now famous (Already? Yeah!), because on Friday my entry in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest won FIRST PLACE! I will receive 5 fabulous books from 5 fabulous authors: Marathon Mouse by Amy Dixon, The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Puzzled By Pink by Sarah Frances Hardy, Flap! by Alison Hertz, and The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber!  And After I give each of those books a BIG hug, I will share them with elementary schools and their students in the Poudre School District of Fort Collins. It feels great to get a lot, and even better to give a lot!

To ‘top’ off – Equinox had a fresh batch of Space Ghost ready to tap on Friday evening!

Thank you everyone, you’ve added swing to the beat of my heart!

Halfway-There Blog Party: Bring Dessert

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill

There are numerous wise quotes about having nothing to be unhappy about. I like to keep the positive in mind as we* approach the halfway point in the 12 x 12 in ’12 Challenge. Because as much as I appreciate this opportunity to better my habits, append my skills, grow my potential, and fuel my motivation I admit, my dear friends, I am also half sad.

Shortly after beginning I felt I had found something special, worth nurturing through to the harvest. Now I profess it! So before I let negative thoughts rot the crop, I will grab this moment and celebrate fiercely! Today I toast my fellow participants with my glass half full, and vow to cherish sweet fruits, toss the pits and make good pie!

*Over 400 writers and writer/illustrators of picture books completing 12 drafts in 12 months in 2012.

PPBF: The Giant Seed

This post is dedicated to all those affected by the High Park Fire: seeds of hope
Author/Illustrator: Arthur Geisert
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books, 2012 (originally published in France under La Grosse Graine by Editions Autrement, 2010)
Genre: wordless fiction;  note the interesting size: 10 1/4″ x 6″
Themes: pigs, seeds, volcanoes, islands, dandelions, displacement
Age Level: 4-8
Synopsis: In this new episode of Geisert’s pig stories (yes, that was the cue to read the others) a seed drifts into the community, is planted, nurtured and enjoyed by all. The threat of a  volcano eruption has them scrambling to safety, and I’ll let you guess how their escape is provided – or you can drift over to your local bookstore tomorrow to participate in Kelly Sonnack’s annual Save the Bookstore’s 2012 Event
Why I like this book: Geisert’s ability to imbue action and adventure in a wordless picture book with really cool photogravure illustrations is magical! (From Wikipedia: Photogravure is an intaglio printmaking or photo-mechanical process whereby a copper plate is coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue which had been exposed to a film positive, and then etched, resulting in a high quality intaglio print that can reproduce the detail and continuous tones of a photograph.)
Resource/Activity:  Good explanation for wind dispersal of seeds; Craft ideas: Printmaking for Kids; makeandtakes.com: home-made volcanoes
For more posts on Perfect Picture Books and resources visit Susanna Hill’s blog every Friday
And now to Day Nine: Jeff Goins tells us another habit of great writers is to connect with other writers. Then I must be in a great group of great writers already! For more info visit Julie Hedlund’s site for more info on the 12x12in’12 Challlenge.