The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake by Robin Newman GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

For a once in a lifetime opportunity, hop on over to Erik Weibel’s AWESOME blog,, for the chance to win a FREE (YES! THAT’S FREE, GRATIS, NO DINERO REQUIRED) copy of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. May the force of the carrot cake be with you. Good luck!

This Kid Reviews Books

Hey! Do you guys remember when I reviewed the very fun your reader mystery – “The Case of the MissingCarrotCake” by Robin Newman (click the title for my review)?

carrotcake Find it on Amazon HERE!

Summary from Goodreads: “When food goes missing on Ed’s farm, Detectives Wilcox and Griswold do what it takes to track down the thieves. In this case, Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake has disappeared. Has it been stolen? Or eaten? Or both? Who dunnit?

Well, guess what! Today is the day it is released!

You can purchase the book on Amazon HERE!

Ms. Newman, the author, has thankfully agreed to let me give away a copy of her book.

The only qualifications that are needed are that you help spread the word about Ms. Newman’s book via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. or reblog!).

The contest is…

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Laura Sassi Tales

UnknownIn a prime time blog first, I, Laura Sassi, get the inside scoop on the MFIs from the Number 2 police mouse on the force, Detective Wilcox.  If you haven’t met Detective Wilcox, he’s part of the dynamic detective duo, Wilcox and Griswold, in Robin Newman’s debut children’s book, THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE: A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, Spring 2015).


Sassi: Detective Wilcox, let’s start at the beginning. Did you always want to be a Missing Food Investigator?

Detective Wilcox: Very early on I knew I wanted to be cop. When I was a pup, I loved cop shows. I’m pretty sure I watched every cop show that was ever made—Miami Mice, Mousy & Hutch, Mousy Miller, Cagney and Mousy, Mouse Squad. . . . You name it!

Sassi: Did you have any favorites?

Detective Wilcox: N.Y.P.M. Blue, you…

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Sharing Our Love of Picture Books by Katherine Sokolowski

A wonderful piece on the value of picture books. “Picture books have no age limit.”

Nerdy Book Club

It was this photo that started it. Nine weeks ago I looked up from a reading conference with a student and saw this, took the photo, and posted it to Facebook and Instagram.


It really wouldn’t be an unusual sight in my classroom of fifth graders. When we have independent work time, kids read and write what they would like. At any given time you might see some students writing a blog, others working on a presentation, some reading from their independent books, some talking to each other about their reading, and many kids reading picture books. I pop around, child to child, and talk to them about their reading and writing. It is one of my favorite parts of the day.

This photo, however, inspired Jennifer Shettel to contact me. Jennifer is an Associate Professor at a university in Pennsylvania. She wanted me to share with her class of…

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What’s a Lawyer Doing Writing for Kids? By Robin Newman

Have you ever wondered, “What’s a lawyer doing writing for kids?” If so, please check out my response to this most intriguing question.

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It gives me great pleasure to feature another one of my author friends who has a debut book releasing this month.  ROBIN NEWMAN’S  Chapter Book, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery, is being released by CRESTON BOOKS to starred reviews.   Here’s Robin to tell us about her path to publication:

I’ve often been asked how I ended up writing children’s books, and for that matter, a mystery series. “After all, you’re a lawyer, right?”

It’s a good question. A very good question.

Yes, I am a lawyer. When I was practicing, I was what you would call a “disgruntled lawyer.” That’s disgruntled with a capital D. Not an unfamiliar term to many lawyers.

One day, my mom gave me some good advice.                    

Kids already LOVE the book... Kids already LOVE the book…


“Quit,” she said.

“What did you say?” I said. At the time, I was on…

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Writing and Illustrating



DATES: June 13th and 14th

Cost : $360 – early bird: $335

Location:Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Express Plainsboro, NJ


(Alphabetical by last name)

Abramowitz, Jenne (Senior Editor, Scholastic Inc.)

Alexander, Heather (Agent, Pippin Properties)

Asselin, Kristine (Author)

Baptiste, Tracey (Editor, Rosen Publishing)

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta (Author)

Bremekamp, Samantha (Jr. Agent, Corvisiero Literary Agency)

Burkhart, Jessica (Author)

Calabrese, Kelly (Author)

Camacho, Linda (Agent, Prospect Agency)

Colleen, Marcie (Author)

Cornell, Merial (Owner / Founder, Cornell & Company, LLC)

Cusick, John (Agent, Greenhouse Literary / Keynote)

Deak, Erzsi (Agent/Founder, Hen&ink Literary Studio)

Deitz Shea, Pegi (Author)

Dyckman, Ame (Author)

Evans, Amy (Author)

Fleissig, Liza (Founder, Liza Royce Agency)

Fujii, Saho (Art Director, Little, Brown BFYR)

Haertsch, Gretchen (Author)

Harris, Patti Ann (Executive Art Director, Scholastic Inc.)

Hasegawa, Carter (Associate Editor, Candlewick Press)

Ismail, Suzy (Author)

Jantz, Jeff (Author)

Kinard, Kami (Author)

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Upcoming Author Visits and the Giveaway of a Lifetime

Blog readers, it’s time to mark your calendars for some super fun upcoming events. And if you’d like some serious entertainment (I mean serious with a capital E), LIVE from ALA in San Francisco, on Sunday, June 28th, from 10:30-11:30 am, at the What’s Cooking Stage, Marissa Moss and I will be cooking up Mollie Katzen’s carrot cake recipe from the book. 


April 30th Launch Party at The Corner Bookstore, 1313 Madison Avenue at 93rd Street, 6-8 pm. There will be wine, cheese and LOTS of carrot cake!

May 2  Bank Street Book Store, 2780 Broadway at 107th St., at 11:00 am

May 7th – Elm Street Books, 35 Elm St, New Canaan, CT, 3:30-5:30 pm for Children’s Book Week

May 16th – The Pound Ridge Library, 271 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY, at 2:30 pm

May 20th – P.S. 166, The Richard Rodgers School of the Arts & Technology 

May 23 – Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue, at 4:00 pm

May 31 Bank Street Book Store, 2780 Broadway at 107th St., at 1:00 pm

June 26 – June 30th ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

If you’re interested in having me to do an author visit at your local bookstore or school, please email me at


carrotcakeNow for the best part of this post! Don’t miss out on this ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY to win a FREE copy of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. “Once in a lifetime” may have been a tad bit of a stretch, but I wanted to make sure I got everyone’s attention. Naturally, zombies, vampires, cats, and others among the living dead or recently deceased may enter for each of their lifetimes. However, they must be alive or deceased U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of entry. No purchase necessary.

Here’s the link:

Good luck!

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Wilcox & Griswold Launch Party at The Corner Bookstore

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The Case of The Missing Carrot Cake

File # 4/30/15, 6-8 pm

Crime Scene: The Corner Bookstore

Blog readers, this launch party invitation for The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake is real. Only the author and illustrator names have been changed . . . because who wouldn’t want an alias?

Be prepared for over 300 carrot cake cupcakes. All frosted with cream cheese. Each and every one calorie free.

I am Robin Newman, the author. The boss and creative genius is Deborah Zemke, the illustrator. We’re the team behind the MFIs, Missing Food Investigators.

Whatever food, whatever the crime, Wilcox and Griswold make the bad guys do the time.


The celebration’s from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 30th at The Corner Bookstore, 1313 Madison Avenue at 93rd Street. I’ll be working the night shift out of the party division. There will be lots of fun surprises. Hope to see all of you there!


© 2015 Deborah Zemke. All rights reserved. This illustration cannot be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information or retrieval systems without permission in writing from its publisher, Creston Books, LLC.