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Shameful Self-Promotion (AND FREEBIES!)

Like many writers, I’ve never been entirely comfortable with the self-promotional end of the biz. I just have a hard time repeatedly and relentlessly saying:

LOOK AT ME! I HAVE BOOKS! BUY MY BOOKS! BUY BUY BUY!

If left to my own devices, I would just write and doodle and do laundry.

But sometimes a writer has to do these things.

*sigh*

So look at me, okay? I have books. And, well, you should very much consider buying them. That is, if you want to. 

My picture book, Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist, has won a few awards, most recently the top prize from Learning Magazine’s 2020 Teachers Choice Awards. So that’s cool.

It was also a finalist for the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, received a 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (STEM category), and got a 2019 Creative Child Magazine’s Preferred Choice Award. So that’s cool, too!

My other picture book, Everybody’s Favorite Book, didn’t win anything, but that’s because the world is jealous of its super-awesomeishness. After all, EFB is the only book on Earth that features a mastodon-sized guinea pig.

Peek-a-boo!

So both books are worth buying.

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If you already did buy these books, thank you! But, um, could you also please write up a review on Amazon? Because that would help out this writer/doodler/laundry master a heckuva lot.

Now, as most readers of this blog know, I don’t usually ask anything of you unless I’m also willing to give something in return. So…

HERE’S SOME FREE STUFF!

If you buy, review, and/or otherwise do something groovy and helpful on behalf of Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist and/or Everybody’s Favorite Book, I will mail you

An Official Yer Awesome Promo Par-T Pak!

Each Par-T Pak will include:

  1. An Official Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist Bookmark (while supplies last)
  2. An Official Everybody’s Favorite Book Bookmark (while supplies last)
  3. And An Official Mike Allegra Three-Minute Doodle

What is a Mike Allegra Three-Minute Doodle? Well, I take three minutes to doodle something of my own choosing. Then I send that doodle to you!

Will this doodle be suitable for framing? Sure, if you don’t discriminate much when it comes to framing things. The point is, it’ll be yours.

I drew the above frog in two minutes—so your doodle would be about 50% percent better than this. (I originally thought it would be only 33% better than this, but my math teacher spouse set me straight. This is why I draw silly pictures instead of handling the household finances.)
And here are the bookmarks! Aren’t they nice? They have stuff written on the other sides, too!

How to claim your Official Yer Awesome Promo Par-T Pak

Just leave a comment below telling me what you’ve done to support Everybody’s Favorite Book and/or Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist!

That’s it! I’ll be in touch!

Thank you in advance for whatever you’re willing to do to generate some interest in my humble picture books! I am very grateful.

I look forward to sending some freebies to YOU! 

Book News

Profiles In Awesomeness: David Gardner

Illustrator extraordinaire David Gardner and I have been pals ever since our book Sarah Gives Thanks was first published in 2012.

Remember her?

He and I live about 1,000 miles apart, so we’ve never met face to face, but we are friends nonetheless—often emailing, occasionally phoning, and annually exchanging Christmas cards.

Perhaps most awesomely, we send each other our latest children’s books.

One of David’s more recent efforts is a picture book biography of the great songwriter Irving Berlin. I highly recommend it. Leslie Kimmelman’s story is fantastic and, as always, David’s illustrations are a sight to behold.

Take a look!

Berlin as a young man singing in a saloon…

Berlin composing songs to improve wartime morale…

And look at this amazing page depicting the exhilarating hubbub of the Lower East Side!

Isn’t it cool?

Wait. Hold on.

That last illustration…

I think I…

I think I saw something…

GASP!

I have been immortalized!

Thank you so much, David!

And keep your eyes peeled, my friend. Someday, when you least expect it, I shall return the favor!

Book News

April 4 – World Rat Day & Guest Post by Mike Allegra

 

Today is World Rat Day!

To celebrate, I’m guest posting over at Celebrate Picture Books. Head on over, read my post, and enter for a chance to win my new, prodent-est picture book: Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist!

About the Holiday

In 2002 Robyn Archer and James Kitlock thought people should take another look at rats and recognize them for their endearing traits. They established World Rat Day to celebrate these rodents and promote the adoption of Fancy Rats as pets. Clean, smart, and devoted, Fancy Rats are beloved by many. How can you celebrate today? Why not hold a Rat Day party, read a book or watch a movie starring a rat, or if you’re looking for a new pet, check out your local shelter for these furry friends. To learn more about World Rat Day, visit the official website!

The Reliable Rodent

Guest Post by Mike Allegra

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am pro-rodent (or, as I prefer, “prodent”).

In elementary school, I took care of two four-legged gerbils and one three-legged gerbil. (The three-legged one was much faster than the four-leggers, by…

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