No Peacocks! – Bird Talk with Harry – Book Giveaway

Fly on over to Children’s Books Heal to read Patricia Tilton’s exclusive interview with Harry, the peacock, and for a chance to win a copy of No Peacocks!

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Book Review and Interview with Harry the Peacock 

Book Giveaway 

No Peacocks!

Robin Newman, Author

Chris Ewald, Illustrator

Sky Pony Press, Fiction, Sep. 4, 2018

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Peacocks, Behavior, Humor, Friendship, Teamwork

Synopsis:

Every day, Phil, Jim, and Harry are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care
 for them at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But one day, they decide they’re sick of seeds. They make a break for the New York City streets in search of pizza or Chinese takeout. But everywhere they go, they’re told “No peacocks!”

So, they try to get an ooey, gooey, delicious meal closer to home. But 
how are they going to sneak into The Cathedral School’s dining hall and get their wings on the school’s world-famous mac ’n cheese? A little plotting, some stolen disguises, and help…

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My Interview with Fellow Creston Books Author, the Incredible Stephanie Bucklin

It was such a thrill to finally meet fellow Creston Books author, Stephanie Bucklin, at the SOKY Book Fest. Aside from our Creston Books connection, we have also had the privilege of having the amazingly talented Chris Ewald do the illustrations for our books. Chris illustrated the cover for Stephanie’s debut middle grade novel, Jack Death.

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Briefly, from Amazon:

Jack is an ordinary boy except that his father happens to be Death. Nadine is a perfectly normal girl except that her Mother is – oh well, that’s a Secret and not to be carelessly revealed on the back cover of a book. The important thing is that together, these two incredibly average children discover the lemon-headed villain behind the destruction of the Magical Creature Reserve and piece together his plot to divide the Golden and Black Bloods. They may even save a few lives.

With story elements reminiscent of Percy Jackson and Lemony Snicket, flavored with a smattering of Harry Potter and Terry Pratchett and recounted in an arch, tongue-firmly-in-cheek style, this story will find an eager audience in upper elementary through middle school.

The intrusive and mysterious narrator provides know-it-all asides and rich vocabulary as background to the abundant action. There is plenty of comic violence and slapstick to keep the most reluctant reader engaged, but enough interesting language and subtlety that a more bookish reader won’t feel underestimated. Stock characters — the school bully, the absent-minded professor, the damsel in distress — often turn out to have more to them that first meets the eye.

To learn more about Stephanie and her work, please visit her website. And while you’re in the neighborhood, please also check out my interview with Stephanie. Thanks!

Picture Book Author Robin Newman Presents: Squawking with Jim, the Peacock + Book Give-away.

Please fly on over to Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s wonderful blog to read her exclusive interview with Jim, the peacock, and for a chance to win a copy of No Peacocks!

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Today it is my pleasure to be a stop on the blog tour for PB author Robin’ Newman’s newest book NO PEACOCKS which is illustrated by CHRIS EWALD (Sky Pony Press). I’ve got the inside scoop from none other than Phil, resident peacock.

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Every day Phil, Jim, and Harry are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care
 for them at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But one day, they decide they’re sick of seeds. They make a break for the New York City streets in search of pizza or Chinese takeout. But everywhere they go, they’re told “No peacocks!”

So, they try to get an ooey, gooey, delicious meal closer to home. But 
how are they going to sneak into The Cathedral School’s dining hall and get their wings on the school’s world-famous mac ’n cheese? A little plotting…

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By rnewman504

Win a Doodle! Hooray and Huzzah!

Check out Mike’s super fun doodle contest.

Hey, Look! A Writer Fellow!

I really like hosting blog contests!

And I really, really like doodling!

And I really, really, really like the fact that some people like my doodles!

So it is time once again for my semi-annual

WIN A DOODLE CONTEST!

Who will be the lucky winner? Will it be YOU?

The grand (and only) prize will be a custom made, one-of-a-kind, Mike Allegra doodle of ANYTHING YOU WANT!

“Anything?” you ask.

Yes, anything—provided that “anything you want” isn’t perverted. I’m a children’s book author, so get your mind out of the gutter!

Otherwise, yes. ANYTHING YOU WANT!

Past contest winners have asked for all kinds of doodles. Like exotic birds…

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A caffeine gnome…

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A raven shapeshifter (whatever that is)…

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A woman doing yoga and holding a pen as the ghost of her dearly departed dog looks on…

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And (of…

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#KidsNeedMentors

I am THRILLED to be a participating author in the inaugural year of #KidsNeedMentors.

#KidsNeedMentors was created by authors Ann Braden and Jarrett Lerner in cooperation with fifth grade teachers, Kristen Picone and Kristin Crouch. The program matches authors with schools for an entire year with the goal of getting kids excited about reading and writing. Authors will touch base once a month with their schools via old fashioned snail mail or Skype. They’ll give students a “behind the scenes look” at the work involved in writing a book, including sharing outlines, character studies, works in progress, dummies,** F&Gs, etc. Title 1 schools are given first priority in the pairings. Authors are also encouraged to do an in-person visit by year’s end.

I have been paired with third graders at Longridge Elementary School and students at Locust Valley Intermediate School. I cannot wait to get these books and all of this swag in the mail for them.

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For more information about #KidsNeedMentors, visit Ann Braden’s website. See also Kara Yorio’s article for School Library Journal about the program.

I’d like to shout out a huge THANK YOU to Ann Braden, Jarret Lerner, Kristen Picone and Kristin Crouch for organizing this incredible program.

It’s going to be great academic year. Go #KidsNeedMentors!

**Note for authors and illustrators: Never ever use the term “dummies” or “dummy” during school visits. For school visits, I refer to dummies as mock-ups. At my very first school visit, I made the mistake of calling a mock-up a dummy. Every single hand in that classroom was raised as soon as I said the word. “Excuse me. Ms. Newman, did you say, dummy?” Lesson learned.

Book Giveaway: NO PEACOCKS by Robin Newman

Fly on over to Kathy Temean’s awesome blog to read her interview with Phil, the peacock, and for a chance to win a copy of No Peacocks!

Writing and Illustrating

Author Robin Newman has a new picture book titled NO PEACOCKS! coming out on September 4th. She has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Robin!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Every day Phil, Jim, and Harry are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care
 for them at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But one day, they decide they’re sick…

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Shameless Self-Promotion for my Next Book: No Peacocks! A Feathered Tale of Three Mischievous Foodies

I’m not the kind of author who would post non-stop about my upcoming book, No Peacocks! A Feathered Tale of Three Mischievous Foodies.

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Subliminal message: PLEASE buy the book. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your favorite local indie. It flies onto bookshelves September 4th.

What kind of tacky author does that kind of thing? It’s in exceptionally bad taste.

Subliminal message: PLEASE tell your friends, friends of friends, friends of friends of friends, neighbors, favorite librarian, favorite teacher, actually doesn’t even have to be your favorite anyone, and heck, why not share it with your enemies too. Emotional support peacocks will love the book, and I’ve even heard emotional support scorpions are super eager to get their pincers on a copy or two.

But let’s suppose blog readers are a little curious about the book. No Peacocks! was inspired by the three real-life peacocks residing on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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This is Phil.

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This is Jim or Harry. 

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Or Harry or Jim. 

Subliminal message: Yes, it’s true! Peacocks DO live in Manhattan. And these particular peacocks, Phil, Jim, and Harry, have been roaming the cathedral’s grounds freely (sometimes roaming off of the grounds too!) and getting into loads of fun trouble since about 2002.

And on the cathedral’s grounds, there is also The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine, where my son had been a student. 

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My son on his first day of school. 

Subliminal message: Of course, there’s a real school! And the students love the peacocks, as do the tourist-filled buses that line up along Amsterdam Avenue to get a chance to meet these three famous feathered neighborhood celebrities.

And if you’re wondering what the book is about, it’s about the peacocks’ quest to try the school’s very famous mac ‘n cheese.

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Subliminal message: The Cathedral School’s mac ‘n cheese is the absolute best mac ‘n cheese in the universe but as blog readers may have figured out peacocks are: A) not allowed to eat mac ‘n cheese; and B) not allowed in the school. So how are they going to get their wings of the school’s mac ‘n cheese? That is the big conundrum.

Now, if I happened to be one of those shameless self-promoters (which I didn’t say I was), I’d probably try to make my readers hungry for more books about food.

 

Subliminal message: PLEASE check out my Wilcox & Griswold Mystery Series, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake and The Case of the Poached Egg. Also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your favorite local indie.

Blog reader: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE with sugar on top, stop now.

I’m done.

 

Triple Trailer Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday from Wilcox & Griswold. Hope you enjoy Triple Trailer Tuesday!

Our feature film stars the amazing Wanda Sykes reading The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online.

The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake and The Case of the Poached Egg are currently on sale at Amazon. For more information, please visit carrot and poached egg.

Coming soon the book trailer for No Peacocks!

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No Peacocks! is currently available for pre-order. For more information, please visit Phil, Jim, and Harry.

 

 

 

 

Third Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival

Website-2018-header.jpgRecovering from surgery has caused me to be a “tad” behind on work. But as the saying goes, “better late than never.”

On June 16, 2018, I had the privilege of participating in my Third Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival with all of these incredible authors and illustrators.

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In a nutshell: it was AWESOME!

Check out these photographic highlights:

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David Lubar, Timothy Young, and Nancy Viau

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Julie Segal-Walters

Jonathan Roth and Jackie Azúa Kramer

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Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Laurie Wallmark, and Chris Robertson

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David Neilson

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Maria Gianferrari and Jia Liu

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Suzanne Bloom 

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Members of the KidLit Authors Club (left to right): David Neilson, Timothy Young, Colleen Rowan Kosinski, me, Nancy Viau, and Laurie Wallmark 

For more information about the KidLit Authors Club, please click here.

I would like to shout out a huge THANK YOU to Timothy Young, the staff of the Talbot County Free Library, the sponsors, and to all of the volunteers who made this event extra special.

Can’t wait for next year’s festival!