Thought for the Day:
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been
written yet, then you must write it.”
~ Toni Morrison ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Through the Tollbooth has a very useful post HERE on writing from the antagonist’s point of view. It’s worth your time.
Writer’s Helping Writers has an excellent post HERE called Will Your Readers Find Your Protagonist Worthy? This is an important question for writers.
Joyce Scarbrough has a great guest post on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University that can help you burnish your dialogue. Click HERE to see it.
Last week I promised one of you a copy of My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) by Alison DeCamp. This week’s winner is Jenni Enzor. Congratulations, Jenni! She is a writer and a blogger. You can find out more about her by clicking HERE and going to her site. Jenni, I will get the book out to you this week. For the rest of you, keep reading. I have another fun book giveaway this week.
This week I want to tell you about a most unusual poetry collection for kids. It is Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse written by Leslie Bulion and cleverly illustrated by Mike Lowery. Kids are going to love this. I mean, just put the words “Body Parts,” “Gross,” and “Riddles” in the same sentence and you’ve got yourself an audience. Here is the 5-star review I wrote for the San Francisco Book Review.
Let’s see. How could one go about getting kids interested in science, specifically anatomy, and poetry? That can’t be an easy assignment, yet author Leslie Bulion and illustrator Mike Lowery took on this task and came up with the answer. One uses riddling poems full of outrageous humor and lots of gross word images interspersed with short bursts of facts written with lively language and full of interesting evidence. Illustrate it all with really silly drawings and occasional photographs.
“This spongy, pulpy doodad hoards
At least a cup of blood,
Removing each red blood cell that’s
An aging, worn-out dud.
This short book will have kids reading, sharing, and laughing. All the while they will be learning, but that can be our little secret. This is a really fresh way to get kids thinking and working ideas out for themselves. In addition to the clever riddling poems and educational sidebars, there is good back matter that includes a very complete glossary of the body part terms covered by the poems, a silly drawing of human anatomy, and a good explanation of the forms and inspiration of each of the poems. Middle grade readers will love this book, and parents and teachers will as well.
I have a gently-read hardback copy for one of you. To win, all you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower, and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.
Don’t forget to check out Shannon Messenger’s wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.