Wednesday, January 17, 2018

REVIEW: You Soy Muslim - A Father's Letter to His Daughter

TITLE: Yo Soy Muslim - A Father's Letter to his Daughter
AUTHOR: Mark Gonzales
ILLUSTRATOR: Mehrdokht Amini
PUBLISHER: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Dear little one ... know ou are wondrous. A child of crescent moons, a builder of mosques, a descendant of brilliance, an ancestor in training.

Written as a letter from a father to his daughter, Yo Soy Muslim is a celebration of social harmony and multicultural identities. The vivid and elegant verse, accompanied by magica and vibrant illustrations, highlight the diversity of the Muslim community as well as Indigenous identity. A literary journey of discovery and wonder, Yo Soy Muslim is sure to inspire adults and children alike.



SNIPPET:

There are questions we all ask when we are learning what it means to be human. Who invented my hands? Why wasn't I born with wings? And does the moon ever get lonely? T

There are questions this world will ask. What are you? And Where are you from?

MY THOUGHTS: I am rarely at a loss for words. However, the art is obviously eye-pleasing, modern and timeless at the same time. The publisher was able to say well in a short space what this beautiful text says for itself. Lusciously lyrical, illuminating and inspiring. Nothing much more for me to say, but that every word should be read by everyone.

RATING: 4 out of 5 Peas


Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Monday, December 18, 2017

COVER REVEAL: The Star in the Christmas Play by Lynne Marie, illustrations by Lorna Hussey

Santa arrived early to my house (or more specifically, one of his elves, Naomi did) -- and  brought the final cover to my third and latest picture book, THE STAR IN THE CHRISTMAS PLAY available from Sparkhouse Family on 11/8/2018. I am particularly pleased and excited to announce that my illustrator for this book is the fabulous Lorna Hussey, who illustrated my previous book, HEDGEHOG'S HUNDRED DAY OF SCHOOL, Scholastic, 2011. So here it is, without further adieu, the cover debut of what I affectionately call "STAR"........
Thanks for sharing in my joy over this *super-cute* cover.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Susanna Leonard Hill’s 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest 2017 - My Entry #2

The Contest: Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children using the words candy corn, monster, and shadow. Candy corn counts as 1 word.  Halloweensie Contest.

While you're there, check out the Picture Book Magic class. I am a proud graduate. I was already published when I took the class, yet still found it extremely helpful in taking apart my problem manuscripts and putting them back together in a way that they work better!

Trick or Treat? with Little Bo-Creep  

(101 with Candy Corn and Excluding Title)

By Lynne Marie

            “Each ‘hide and creep’ winner will get candy corn 

treats,” Little Bo-Creep announced.
            She covered her eyes, counted and searched. Not a sheep could be found!   
            “Little monsters,” shrieked Bo-Creep. “Come out, come out, wherever you are!”
            All Halloween, Bo-Creep searched in the shadows. When the sun rose, her sheep were still gone.
            “I’ll teach you to roam so far from your home,” said Little Bo-Creep. She painted rocks like candy corn and created a trail leading to the meadow.
            She sat by the gate and waited. The snickering winners grabbed up their treats and started to eat.
Trick! squealed Bo-Creep. 

Please go here to vote for your favorite entry, or to enter: 
One of the prizes is a critique from me! 

THANK YOU Susanna Leonard Hill for sponsoring this fun contest!

PLEASE leave a comment if you enjoyed my story. Happy Halloweensie! 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Susanna Leonard Hill’s 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest 2017 - My Entry #1

The Contest: Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children using the words candy corn, monster, and shadow. Candy corn counts as 1 word.  Halloweensie Contest.

While you're there, check out the Picture Book Magic class. I am a proud graduate. I was already published when I took the class, yet still found it extremely helpful in taking apart my problem manuscripts and putting them back together in a way that they work better!

Matilda’s Halloween Treat Troubles  

(101 with Candy Corn and Excluding Title)

By Lynne Marie



      “I need to create a spooky treat to share at the Ghoul

Scout party,” said Matilda Monster. “But what?”

      Mummy offered popcorn. “This?”

      “Thanks. It’s a good start. I’ll find a way to make it 

spooky,” Matilda murmured. “I’ll see what treats my 

friends are making.”

      Cyclops pressed candy eyes into soft-baked cookies. 

“Here’s some eyes.”

      Skeleton poked pretzel sticks into oreos for spiders. “Here’s some sticks.”

     “Thanks!” said Matilda.

      Matilda sat in the shadows and thought. “I have popcorn, candy eyes and pretzels sticks. 

Hmmm. All I need is candy corn and chocolates.  Now, I know just what to make.” 




















Please go here to vote for your favorite entry, or to enter: 
One of the prizes is a critique from me! 

THANK YOU Susanna Leonard Hill for sponsoring this fun contest!

PLEASE leave a comment if you enjoyed my story. Happy Halloweensie! 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

What's in a Name (How to Name Characters) by Lynne Marie

A character's name is a very important aspect of their personality. While a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, a character who is "cool," would not be named Horace or Bertha. Likewise,  a character who is boring wouldn't be named Lexi or Jake. So choosing a name is a very important part of writing your story.

A popular method of finding names is by pouring over a baby name book or a baby name finder online, but there are other ways to find perfect names for your characters.

In my first book, Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten (Scholastic, 2011), my main character was named after my pet hedgehog, Apollo Nike, who I called Spike as a nickname. I was aware that many editors don't want many named characters in a picture book, so with the except of a few main characters (Sheldon the Turtle, Wart the Frog, Peek-a-boo the Ostrich, Magoo the Mole), I gave the others names like Camel and Crocodile, Zebra and Rabbit, and Lion and Elephant. Surprisingly, my then-editor at Scholastic wanted me to name all the players, so Camel became Humphrey, Crocodile became Chomp, Zebra became Stripes, Rabbit became Hopper, Lion became King and Elephant became Peanut.

My next book features Spike's friends, including Wade the Flamingo, Hoot the Owl, Sticks the Beaver, and again, Hopper the Rabbit.

Obviously all these names were inspired by something connected with the character (an identifiable feature or action). Because of that, they fit well, and would be easy for a preschool/kindergarten aged child to remember and associate with the animal.

While the above represent some of my simpler animal names, I often do a lot of research before choosing. For example Hazel Mouse from my American Pie manuscript, is named for an actual species of mouse. Harry the Turkey from my Fowl Humor manuscript is named for one of the Presidents who actually pardoned turkeys on Thanksgiving. Lioness, a character in my Borrowing Bosley manuscript, is named for a real Guide Dog. Marilyn Moo-nroe, in my Moo-vie Star, is named for the actress that inspired her. I've also named characters from a pre-fix, root or suffix in their scientific name.

Some names are inspired by rhyme, like Fancy Nancy and Clark the Shark, Others, like Princess Peepers by Pam Calvert, Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi, and Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Hill, and my own Slow Down, Sylvia Sloth, show consonance at play.

So here's a quick list of ways to name characters:

               1. Baby Name Book or Online Baby Name Finder
               2. Derivation of Scientific Animal Name
               3. Made up name of fun sounds like Gogi


When it comes to naming a character there is no real right or wrong way, as long as the name fits. I hope that whether though rhyme, research or reading the baby name book -- you enjoy the name game!


Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Sparkhouse Family, 2018) and Moldilocks and the 3 Scares (Sterling, Pending). Her stories, poems, and folk tales have appeared in many magazine markets, including Family Fun, Highlights, High Five, Spider, Baby Bug and more. She is an on-staff writer for Jon and Laura Bard's Children's Book Insider and a book reviewer, as well as a 2016 and 2017 Cybils Award panelist. She is a former New Yorker who now lives a simpler life on a lake in South Florida with her daughter and several resident water birds. You can learn more about her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com.

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