And the winner is…

It’s the time you’ve all been waiting for! Who will win a signed, hardcover copy of the picture book that’s sweeping the nation: Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist!


As usual the impartial judge and ballot-picker-outer is this guy.

Oh, geez.

As longtime readers of this blog know, this particular ballot-picker-outer has a long history of wasting everyone’s time with excessive ballot stirring. Here’s proof:

Let’s go…
…on a trip…
…memory lane.
Dang, I’ve done a lot of these contests.

The kid has been pulling this crap since 2012.

This time, however, we’re doing something a little different.

Instead of stirring ballots, our esteemed judge has decided to THROW them.

So here are the rules: Any ballots that land face down after the throw are OUT. The judge will then grab the face up ballots and throw that stack—again discarding all the face down ballots. This throwing and discarding process will continue as long as necessary until only ONE face up ballot remains. THAT ballot will be the WINNER.

SO! Here we go.

Makin’ it rain…

And the entrants still alive after the First Round are… (click image to enlarge)

Congrats, everyone! You haven’t won anything yet.

And we’re off to Round Two!

And more rain making.

And the survivors of that round are…(click image to enlarge)

Onward! Round Three!

And the survivors are…(click image to enlarge)

This is getting pretty suspenseful, eh?

Round Four!

This is a lot like The Hunger Games, isn’t it? So let’s just say these last four competitors are The Careers.

Round Five!

Actually in Round Five all four ballots were wrong side up. So…Round Six!

A little less rain making and more throwing…

Round Seven!

Almost there!

And here’s where things got a little surreal.

For the next FIVE rounds the two remaining ballots did the exact same freaking thing—both ballots either landed face down or landed face up. It drove the judge a little crazy.

But there can be only one winner.


After twelve rounds…

The winner is…


Congratulations! You won a signed, hardcover copy of Scampers Thinks Like A Scientist!

To collect your prize, all you have to do is head up to the Hire Me! menu item and write me a note!


Thanks to all the people who entered! And a very special thanks for publicizing this contest. Every bit of Scampers promotion helps a great deal.

And doesn’t the world need to know about a female mouse with an passionate interest in science?

As you might’ve guessed by now, this book has been a passion project of mine for a very long time. It is published by Dawn Publications, a small yet very well-regarded house that decided to take a risk on a manuscript that strays a bit outside of its comfort zone. I want to reward Dawn for its faith in me and in Scampers by spreading the word as far as I can.


If you’re interested in getting a copy of Scampers Thinks Like A Scientist. Head to Amazon right now; the hardcover is nearly five bucks off the cover price, and the paperback is a bargain for only $8.95!

Thanks again! See ya next post! 

38 Replies to “And the winner is…”

  1. How is this so freakin’ hilarious every time? I’m sad that I didn’t make it on the podium. I really thought I had it at round four, but all’s fair in doodles and rainmaking. (That was so mature of me, wasn’t it?) So, congrats to Tamawi for clearly having way better natural karma than the rest of us. That mouse is so dang cute. So is that kid you borrow every time you need a judge.

    1. Laurel, you came so close. Without my reading glasses (sometimes it ain’t worth putting them on) I didn’t see your progression through the winning ranks. Then WOW! I began to cheer.

  2. I tell ya, the suspense is worth scrolling down the page rather than JUMPing straight to the end 😀 And when I saw my “name” in that first round, I have to say I got my hopes up a bit, then as it went on I was REALLY rooting for Robin. Alas, there can only be ONE winner (what, Mike, you mean you don’t have a stash to just GIVE away to anyone who wants one?!).

    And I can’t believe how the years do fly. Your son is SO grown!

    Congrats, Tamawi! 😀 😀 😀

  3. Absolutely freakin’ adorable. And I’m not talking about Scampers (although she’s really darn cute too). Great game, enjoyed scrolling down memory lane, and your judge is a good sport in soooooooo many levels. Congrats to the winner!

  4. That was a spectacular prize reveal!

    I’m curious to find out what Scampers is throwing in the air? I’m guessing it’s not ballots…hopefully I find out in the book. Thanks!

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