Illustrator extraordinaire David Gardner and I have been pals ever since our book Sarah Gives Thanks was first published in 2012.
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…
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!
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…
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.
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:
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?
This is a lot like The Hunger Games, isn’t it? So let’s just say these last four competitors are The Careers.
Actually in Round Five all four ballots were wrong side up. So…Round Six!
A little less rain making and more throwing…
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!