Letting Go to Get It Right: Patricia Keeler Discusses Her Motivations For Creating LIZZIE and LOU SEAL.

 

Several years ago I got a contract for a picture book I had written and illustrated. When I turned in the final images, the book was cancelled.

I had made the editorial and illustration changes my picture book group and then the publisher’s editorial staff suggested. My realistically portrayed main character stayed under the watchful eye of her dad. She never smacked her chewing gum or stamped her feet. I had no idea how my work could be any more appropriate for the children’s book industry.

When attending to the remarks of children’s book groups and the publisher’s editorial guidance didn’t lead to a successful book, I decided to stop listening—to follow my heart—and take artistic chances!

I created a solid little girl with red hair that stuck out in all directions, much like the rock star PINK’s hair does.

 

I wanted a noisy girl who races around the beach in joyous abandon, while dragging a blow-up seal twice her size. How cool if her home was a retro beach trailer?

Lizzie and her pal Lou Seal were born!

Now sharpen your pencil, swing your hips, and draw Lizzie with me! Be sure not to miss the last 30 seconds!

I began experimenting with mixed media. I created page spreads using photographs of seashells that I collected from the beach. On the back cover I painted partially over a photograph of a sand castle I built.

I tried hand lettering. Then I threw sand across the page!

I wanted Lou Seal to look like she was made of plastic. I tried using an encaustic wax process. That worked for Lou Seal, but I discovered— surprise, surprise—it created dynamic ocean waves!

Now I write about the things I love­—feisty girls, retro trailers and the beach. I boldly experiment with new artistic techniques. I’m having fun!

LIZZIE and LOU SEAL is now available for preorder!

If you preorder LIZZIE and LOU SEAL and email a screen shot receipt to Sky Pony’s logo pony Winston Sparkles (he kicks up his heels when he gets mail!) at:

wsparkles@skyhorsepublishing.com

you will be eligible to win Petal Power, a signed print, by Patricia Keeler.

And that’s not all!

You will be entered into the GRAND PRIZE

of a picture book manuscript critique by the

Sky Pony editor of LIZZIE and LOU SEAL, Kylie Brian.

Next week:  Using Encaustic Wax in a Picture Book

Meet Patricia Keeler at Book Expo America 2017, Booth AM34, this June!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author and Illustrator, Patricia Keeler Takes On the Sky Pony Q & A

We’re excited for Spring weather and gearing up for the release of some amazing Spring books! To celebrate our excitement, we’re going to be featuring a month of Patricia Keeler! Stay tuned for some giveaways at the end!


 

Lizzie and Lou Seal is a beach mystery for the youngest kids. Lizzie races with her blow-up toy, Lou Seal, out of her beach trailer, across the boardwalk and down to the ocean. But Lou Seal is loosing her puff! A sharp-eyed reader will discover why! When will Lizzie notice? And can Lizzie fix Lou Seal?

Lizzie and Lou Seal will be on sale on April 4, 2017.

Questions for Patricia Keeler, Author and Illustrator of Lizzie and Lou Seal

 

Q:  Why did you gravitate to the genre that you write and illustrate in?

I do picture books because the creation of new story ideas often makes me laugh. It’s just fun to write and draw stories that have blow-up seals for pets, bicycle wheels made of flowers, and rabbits in harlequin pants who carry umbrellas. Getting a story published is a wonderful way to share the joy!

 

Q:  Is it difficult to balance being both an author and illustrator?

Being an author/illustrator is a demanding job, so luckily I’m very good at keeping things under control.

Q:  What are you reading right now?

I’m loving the rhyming story of Leonard’s Beard by Nancy Cote and the button hoarding raccoon in Dewey Bob by J. Byron Schachner. And I want to be as adventurous as the Cinderella character who accidently leaves her pogo stick behind (that the prince finds) in the LOL book The Daring Prince Dashing written by Marilou T. Reeder and illustrated by Karl West.

 

Q:  What is your favorite place to create books?

I do my best work in my studio in Hoboken, New Jersey, in the middle of the night, in my pajamas. With jelly doughnuts.

 

Q:  If you could have any animal as a pet (current or extinct), what would it be?

When researching a picture book about African dance and culture, I came across an opaki. With the ears of a chihauhua, the body of a horse, and the legs of a zebra, this charming animal is actually in the camel family. An opaki can be found in the wild in the forests of the Congo.

It might be a squeeze to have an opaki in my tiny apartment, but there’s a story in the zeitgeist yet to be created about a magical African opaki!

Q:  What’s your favorite GIF?

Lizzie and Lou Seal wait, waiting for their new book!

 

Q:  Milk, dark or white chocolate?

Oh, no! Must I pick one? I love each one of their unique attributes!

 

Q:  What did you want to grow up to be when you were Lizzie’s age?

My favorite book was the strange and wonderful Three Little Horses by Piet Worm. The main character, Peter, dressed up the three horses and took them to meet the queen. I wanted to grow up to ride horses or meet the queen, or both.


Let us know what was your favorite book as a child!

Leave the title and tell us why you loved it in the comment section below.

One entry will be chosen to receive Lizzie’s Favorite Flip Flop earrings!

And that’s not all!

Everyone leaving a comment in the month of March will have a chance to

win the grand prize of a manuscript critique

by Kylie Brien, Assistant Editor at Sky Pony Press!

Next Week:  The Making of Lizzie and Lou Seal

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Five Things Needed in Every Backpack

Deirdre Sullivan, author of Ming Goes to School shares her thoughts on the back-to-school season and a list of the top five things kids must have in their backpack for school!


Going back to school means different things for different families. I am a stay at home mom of four girls, so this time of year can pack in lots of emotions.  Marking the passage of time is always gut wrenching for me.  How is it possible they grow up so fast? And saying good-bye to the unscheduled lazy days of summer is never easy, but looking forward to the new school year can be full of excitement.

What has been successful for me over the last ten years is starting the school bedtime and wake-up routine a few weeks before the first day of school.  Getting the kids on school time seems to alleviate a lot of stress for them and they are well rested for the first day. We spend a good deal of time talking about the start of school and what my kids are looking forward to and what they are less excited about. This dialog uncovers fears or concerns they have and we address them far in advance of the first day.

The five things all kids must have in their backpacks is

  1. A Ming Goes to School picture book
  2. A little note of encouragement from me or their dad
  3. A lunchbox that they have helped pack to make sure it’s stuff they are guaranteed to eat and no one will be hungry
  4. School supplies
  5. Extra set of clothes, especially socks for their cubbies

As much as I cherish the summer days of sun-kissed cheeks and sprinkled ice cream cones, the first day of school has become one of my personal favorites. I’ve survived another summer, and I soak up every bit of silence in the house just before the school bell rings.

Here’s a picture of Deirdre at Ming’s age!

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Ming Goes to School by Deirdre Sullivan, illustrated by Maja Löfdahl

Ming Goes to School_coverMing goes to school, where she learns to say hello and good-bye. She meets new friends and introduces them to old friends (including her favorite teddy). She builds sandcastles and makes snow angels; she traces, glitters, and glues. She is so fearless that when held at sword point, she even walks the plank! And when she’s playing in the mud, she reaches out and touches the worms with her bare hands. But despite those brave deeds, she isn’t quite ready for the big red slide—not yet.

This is a very sweet story with soft, evocative watercolor illustrations that will help kids to grow comfortable with the idea of starting preschool. Ming is curious and playful and ready for adventure, but even she gets scared of new things sometimes. Kids will relate to her desires and fears and will be excited to see Ming at the top of the slide by the story’s end.

A quiet and reassuring picture book for preschoolers (3-5), this is a wonderful going-to-school story that can be read both at home and in the classroom or childcare center. The illustrations provide a lot of diversity of characters, making this feel like any classroom in any school in the country.

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Which Bella Donna Character Are You?

Which Bella Donna character are you?

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1. What’s your favorite color?

A. Black

B. Green

C. Pink

D. Red

 

2. What spell would you most like to be able to do?

A. A memory-erasing spell

B. A spell to turn people into animals

C. A spell to turn everything pink

D. A spell to make yourself the center of attention

 

3. What animal would you want as a pet?

A. Cat

B. Do I have to just pick one?

C. A fluffy white dog with a pink bow

D. A snake

 

4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you most want to live?

A. Anywhere my family is

B. Where I can study animals

C. In a big pink house

D. In my own place

 

5. What is your favorite type of cookie?

A. Snickerdoodle

B. Chocolate chip

C. Sugar

D. Oatmeal raisin

 


Mostly A’s: You are Bella Donna! You are a caring individual with a devotion to your pet and your family!

Mostly B’s: You are Sam! You love animals and exploring nature!

Mostly C’s: You are Angela! You love everything pink and you are very loyal to your friends!

Mostly D’s: You are Verity! You have a mischievous side but your ultimate interest lies in doing the right thing


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Bella Donna Too Many Spells 9781634501552Bella Donna Too Many Spells 97816345015529781634501552-frontcoverBella Donna: Too Many Spells by Ruth Symes, illustrated by Marion Lindsay

Bella Donna seems just like any other student at her school, but she has a secret: she’s really a witch! The other witches who live on Coven Road are having a spell casting contest, and Bella is determined to win. She’s trying to learn as many spells as she can, and that’s no small thing! It’s not easy to complete secret magic training while trying to live a normal-kid life. When strange things start to happen at school and begin to spin out of control, Bella wonders if she can really do it. Maybe there are just too many spells!

This second installment in the sweet, spooky Bella Donna series will captivate young readers. Bella Donna: Too Many Spells is a combination of magic, adventure, and staying true to yourself. Marion Lindsay’s adorably simple spot illustrations bring even more magic to author Ruth Symes’s delightful tale. Fall in love with Bella Donna and her road to witchdom! And be prepared for her next big adventure!

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Sky Pony Books at St. Christopher’s Elementary School

Mary Alice Alvarado shares the story of how Sky Pony books found a home in the library of St. Christopher’s Elementary School. Check it out below!  


Over President’s Week 2016, six major pipes burst in St. Christopher’s Elementary School, in Baldwin, New York. While students and teachers alike were elsewhere enjoying their winter recess, water spilled into several classrooms, ruining countless books and other classroom necessities. Many teachers received the heart-breaking phone call that their classroom was one of the ones affected by the water damage, and that the books they had lovingly accumulated over the years to share with their students, were destroyed.

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Faculty member Mary Alice Alvarado shared the news of the devastation with her daughter, Ronnie, an alumnae of the school and an employee at Skyhorse Publishing. When Ronnie informed some of her fellow Skyhorsers and Sky Ponies about the school’s need for books, Skyhorse galloped to the rescue.

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With a helping hand from many great Skyhorsers (especially Julie Matysik and Brianna Scharfenberg), Skyhorse was able to send dozens of Sky Pony books to the students of St. Christopher’s, who were overjoyed at being able to read with their friends again during recess and play time.

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While all the books that Skyhorse sent were special, some of the students’ favorites included:

Thank you, Skyhorse for your outstanding donation! The students and teachers of St. Christopher’s greatly appreciate it!

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The Five-Minute Brain Workout for Kids

Author of The Five-Minute Brain Workout for Kids, Kim Chamberlain writes up a post and shares some pictures from her event. Check it out below!


It was held at The Children’s Bookshop in Wellington, New Zealand The bookshop owner gave an introduction, my friend Ginelle who is a teacher explained how she uses the exercises from the book in schools to enhance language learning, Jon (my husband who did the illustrations) spoke about the illustrations and I explained how the concept for the book came about and the benefits you can gain from using it.

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Jon gave out some coloring sheets—a compilation of illustrations he used in the book:

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We also gave away a couple of photos of our pet lizard, Ra, who was the inspiration for many of his illustrations!


The Five-Minute Brain Workout for Kids by Kim Chamberlain, illustrated by Jon Chamberlain9781634501590-frontcover

Our brains are an amazing organ! And just like our bodies, our brain functions best when it’s put to work. So get ready to give your brain a full workout each day with The Five-Minute Brain Workout for Kids! Inside, you’ll find 365 word puzzles and games to keep your mind active and in great shape! Have fun with your family and friends as you learn about acronyms, anagrams, definitions, parts of speech, rhyming words, syllables, word structure, and more with these fun puzzles. From Alphabet Teasers and Mini Word Sudoku puzzles, to Speed Words and Word Store games, even doing one puzzle a day will help you to learn new words, spell better, problem solve with ease, and have better concentration.

With ten levels of puzzles—ranging from easiest to most challenging—and an answer key at the end to check your work, this book is sure to help keep your brain active and will help increase your understanding of and love for all kinds of words! So impress your family and friends by how quickly you can solve word puzzles and with how many words you’ve learned, too!

This is a fabulous word puzzles book with over 400 various puzzles ranging from easy to difficult. Parents and teachers will like this as an educational way to keep kids occupied and learning important words and phrases. The graphics throughout make it kid-friendly and lessen the emphasis on learning, which should pull kids in.

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Happy Opening Day!

In honor of Opening Day, check out some of Sky Pony’s favorite baseball books!


Mo Smells the Ballpark by Margaret Hyde with Nichelle Robinson, illustrated by Aman Chaudhary

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It’s Bark in the Park day at the baseball stadium! Mo, Jasper, Molly, and Lucky are excited to be at the stadium to watch the game. Mo gets busy right away, smelling the peanuts, hot dogs, cotton candy, and more as they make their way down to the field for the doggie parade. But when Lucky dashes onto the field in pursuit of a ball, Mo chases him and becomes wrapped up in a daydream of Team Mo vs. the Big Dog team. Mo and his friends must learn about teamwork, good sportsmanship, and having fun no matter if you win or lose as they face off against a pinched-face pug pitcher.

 

Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship by Tania Grossinger, illustrated by Charles George Esperanza

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Thirteen-year-old Tania Grossinger lives in the famous Grossinger hotel in New York’s Catskill Mountains, but she doesn’t feel like a real Grossinger; her cousins own the hotel, and Tania often feels like she doesn’t belong. Lots of celebrities come to Grossinger’s, but Tania just wants to meet one man: Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League baseball. When Jackie stays at Grossinger’s on vacation, he hears that Tania is a terrific ping-pong player. Jackie invites the young girl to meet him for a game at four o-clock—but she doesn’t believe he’s serious and stays in her room to read. Soon the telephone rings; it’s Jackie, wondering where Tania is! When she dashes downstairs to the game room, the famous Dodgers star is waiting for Tania—and this is the beginning of an unlikely but very special friendship.

 

Welcome to the Show by Frank Nappi

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It’s 1950 and Mickey Tussler—the now-famous pitching prodigy with autism and a golden arm—is back for another baseball season in this third installment of Frank Nappi’s critically acclaimed Legend of Mickey Tussler series. Talk of Mickey’s legendary exploits on the field has grown since his improbable debut two years prior, as have the fortunes of Murph and the rest of the lovable ragtag Brew Crew. Now Mickey, Murph, and Lester find themselves heading to Bean Town to play for the Boston Braves.

The call up is sweet, for all of them have overcome insurmountable odds to get where they are. But life in the major leagues is filled with fast-paced action both on and off the field. The bright lights of Boston hold a new series of challenges, hardships, and life lessons—especially for Mickey, who finds himself a long way from throwing apples into a barrel back on the farm. The three newest Braves have each other to lean on, as well as a new group of fans who are swept away by pennant fever, but balancing everything this new world has to offer may prove to be the greatest challenge of all.

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Q & A With Author/Illustrator Nancy Cote

 Author/illustrator Nancy Cote answered the Sky Pony Q & A. Check out her interview and see all of Nancy Cote’s books below!

FullSizeRenderNancy Cote is a children’s book author and illustrator whose playful style has garnered her international attention. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, the AGA “Pick of the Lists,” the Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, and the Society of School Librarians International Honor Book.

 

 

 


 

Q: Why did you gravitate to the genre that you write in?

It’s the perfect outlet for me to be as creative as I can be through words and images. I absolutely love picture books!

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Q: What are you reading right now?

This morning I re-read Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. I’m truly inspired by Ms. Donaldson’s storytelling ability in rhyme. It’s as flawless as the artwork that my all-time favorite illustrator, Axel Scheffler, creates. Their collaborations are in perfect harmony and I am uplifted every time I read this story about friendship and loyalty. I am also reading a short story by Franz Kafka called The Metamorphosis that I’ve read many times because it encourages me to see the world uniquely and to embrace the unexpected. It’s a story about transformation, a concept regularly used in children’s stories to show how a character can change through unpredictable circumstances.

Q: If you could be a character in any children’s book, who would you be and why?

I would be Joseph from Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Tabak because I love how resourceful he is and how he always makes something out of nothing. It’s perfect advice for an author/illustrator.

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Q: Where’s your favorite place to write?

I write whenever I become inspired by an idea. That could be anywhere. But when I’m working on a poem or manuscript, I like to find a cozy chair, curl my legs up under me and write for hours. I always write with pencil and do lots of erasing throughout the process.

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Q: What’s your favorite classic movie?

The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton is my favorite movie. I adore how the character Jack, who lives in Halloween Town, enters Christmas Town and is amazed to see everything completely brand new and different. His ecstatic refrain, “What’s this?” builds as he sees everything for the very first time and it reminds me that this is the way children view the world.

Q: If you could have any animal as a pet (current or extinct), what would it be?

I love animals of all sorts but I could not get along without a dog.

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Q: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

Yes, yes, and yes please . . .

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

Halloween is my favorite holiday because it gives everyone the opportunity to live out a little fantasy. Fall, candy, glowing jack o’ lanterns, laughter, and excitement—a recipe for fun!

Q: What’s your favorite emoji? OR What’s your favorite GIF?

I don’t really like them. They’re generic images that take the place of using words to describe how you feel.

Q: What did you want to grow up to be?

I grew up with a pencil in my hand, always drawing or writing little poems. I had no idea that a career in picture books would be something that I could achieve.

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Nancy Cote’s books for Sky Pony Press:

9781620879917-frontcoverDixie Wants an Allergy by Tori Corn, illustrated by Nancy Cote

It’s Dixie’s first day of school, and some of her classmates are sharing details about their various allergies. Bridget tells of her wheat allergy and how she gets to order a special meal from restaurants. Dixie thinks that must be a really special meal! And Charlie had to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance once due to his dairy allergy. Dixie thinks that must have been thrilling! Even Hannah gets to wear a fashionable bracelet due to her peanut allergy. Dixie races home and begins to eagerly search for the slightest sign of an allergy. After many failed attempts, Dixie discovers that she is allergic to something after all. But is getting what you wish for actually as exciting as it once appeared?

Watch the Cookie by Nancy Cote

9781629146300-frontcoverSam and Mousey are best friends, and Mousey is always looking up to Sam and following his lead. They do everything together and share everything, too. So when Sam surprises Mousey with a big chocolate chip cookie, they can’t wait to split it. Unfortunately, Sam really has to go and he has to go NOW! “Watch the cookie. I’ll be right back,” he tells Mousey. Mousey diligently watches the cookie, but it turns out that he isn’t the only one. Pigeons come pecking and ants come marching. Mousey does his best to shoo them away, but it’s only when he yells in his loudest voice that he can scare them off. Just when Mousey thinks he has saved the cookie, a hungry cat appears—and this cat isn’t hungry for a cookie.

Puddle Jumpers by Anne Margaret Lewis, illustrated by Nancy Cote

9781634501859-frontcoverIt’s a rainy day in the month of May and Sam spots a rainbow, and then a puddle. A perfect spring puddle. His mother warns, “No! No jumping in puddles! You must keep clean today!” but Sam can’t stop himself from testing the water with his galoshes. And then the puddle invites him to play. The puddle whispers, “Jump, Puddle Jumper, jump!” and with that very first jump, Sam is off on an adventure of the imagination. He’ll be a frog in a pond, with a hat and some spots and a magic wand. He’ll be a crocodile with pink polka dots and teeth like blades, and a polar bear with purple polar hair. He’s going to jump, leap, dance, plunge, swim, and jump again. Sam is having so much fun in his puddle that even Mom can’t resist. With a leap and a thwump, she’s jumping too, cheering, “Jump, Puddle Jumper, jump!”

9781634502023-frontcoverWatch the Birdie by Nancy Cote

Mousey was watching a baby bird when it fell from its nest. The baby bird is okay, but she can’t fly yet! So how will she get back up the tree to safety? Mousey may be too small to get the baby bird back up by himself, but maybe he can find somebody else who can! Maybe a frog can jump high enough. Or maybe a bunny can hop far enough. Maybe a snail will be able to crawl his way up the tree . . .

Will Mousey be able to save the baby bird? Or will the hungry cat get in the way of Mousey’s valiant attempts? Sometimes it’s just the size of your heart that really counts.

Coming Fall 2016:

Leonard’s Beard by Nancy Cote

9781510707962-frontcoverLeonard is a writer with many stories to tell. In his house on a hill, with his dogs and his frog, he writes stories of adventures and excitement. He is so consumed with his stories, though, that he loses touch with all of his friends and feels very lonely.

Each day Leonard’s beard grows longer and longer, and more wild and untamed, as he fills up pages and pages of stories. His life becomes dull and much less exciting as he focuses too much on his writing. Leonard is so busy that he doesn’t notice a storm is brewing until the wind shakes the windows, the roof, and the floor and a strong gust knocks off his door. Once the storm passes, Leonard discovers just how out of control his beard has gotten. He finds strange things that have gotten stuck in there, including a mouse, a bird, and some apples. As Leonard removes the items from his beard, he comes to realize that being consumed with writing adventures has prevented him from having his own.

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Nine Egg-cellent Facts about Eggs!

Easter is just around the corner. On Sunday, there will be plenty of eggs hidden around gardens and backyards and little hands and feet running off in search of them. In honor of the holiday we recommend that you check out one of our favorite egg-related picture books, Hattie Peck by Emma Levey. And don’t forget to read the nine egg-cellent facts about eggs that Julie put together below!


 

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Poor Hattie Peck simply loves eggs, but she has only ever laid one egg—and it never hatched. Eggs are all she thinks about, all she dreams about. No egg is too big; no egg is too small. So if she can’t lay another egg, she’s going to have to go out into the world to find one.

Hattie embarks on a journey in search of all the abandoned eggs. She dives to the deepest depths of vast oceans. She soars over gigantic cities and climbs up mountains towering above the clouds. Through gloomy dark caves, deep below the ground, Hattie searches. And she doesn’t find just one egg. There are so many abandoned eggs, just waiting for her to find them!

With her newly gathered eggs in tow, Hattie Peck returns home. Sitting on so many eggs at once is quite the task, but Hattie doesn’t mind. Days and weeks pass, until one day, finally, there’s a Crack! Scratch! Tap! But what will happen when all those eggs hatch together?


 

Nine Egg-cellent Facts about Eggs!

1.       Spin an egg to see if it’s hardboiled or raw. If it spins easily, it’s hardboiled! If it wobbles, it’s raw!

2.       On average, a hen will lay more than 250 eggs each year!

3.       Did you know that sharks also lay eggs?

4.       It’s possible that dinosaur dads were the ones to help hatch the mom’s eggs by sitting on the nest!

5.       Only five mammals lay eggs: the duck-billed platypus and four types of spiny anteaters, or echidna!

6.       Hens sometimes sing an “egg song” before laying an egg.

7.       An emu’s egg takes 58 days (or almost 2 months) to hatch. A chicken’s egg only takes 21 days (or 3 weeks).

8.       Ostriches lay the largest eggs of any land animal. But whale sharks lay the largest eggs in the world!

9.       Hummingbird eggs are the size of a jelly bean.

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Leprechaun Mischief

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, the author of an upcoming book has some advice on how to keep an eye out for mischievous leprechauns today. How to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess hits bookshelves February 2017! Check out Sue Fliess’s leprechaun preparedness tips below!

Do you think you have what it takes to trap a leprechaun? If so, you’d better get ready to deal with some elven mischief! Be on the lookout for some of these spritely ways leprechauns can cause mayhem:

• They steal things that are sparkly, shiny, or glimmering. Better lock up your jewels and coins!

• They hide your things. Could you swear you put your pencil on the desk? Thought you left your hairbrush next to the sink? You probably did—but a leprechaun has probably hidden them from you!

• Leprechauns make messes and don’t clean them up—and then they make it look like you did it. From unraveling the toilet paper to squirting out the toothpaste into the sink, you’d better tell Mom or Dad now that you had nothing to do with it!

• They disappear when you take your eyes off of them. If you’re lucky enough to spot a leprechaun, keep a close eye on him or POOF! he’ll be gone!

• They break things. Time to keep your latest prized LEGO construction out of reach or it may be in tiny pieces by morning!

• They move your belongings. You might find your brother’s shoes in your room. Or your coloring books in your dog’s bed. Silly leprechauns!

• A leprechaun will lead you to nowhere. He may tell you he’s leading you to a pot of gold, but don’t be fooled! He wants the gold for himself and he’s willing to send you off in the other direction to protect it.


How to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess

9781510706705-frontcoverLegend has it that if you catch a leprechaun, he’ll grant you a wish. But, be careful! Leprechauns are full of trickery. To catch one, you’ll need to be clever in crafting your trap. Grab some glitter and glue and get prepared for your wily holiday visitors!

On the night before St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns show up to steal your treasures and then disappear as quickly as they came. However, if you’re careful you might be able to catch one and then he’ll grant you a wish. You’ll have to be sneaky and set just the right trap to trap a leprechaun.

Sue Fliess’s read-aloud text and Emma Randall’s whimsical illustrations will provide much fun for young readers eager to catch their very own leprechaun! But beware: leprechauns may leave you with nothing but a cardboard box and a shoe or two.

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