Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Writing Prompt/Thinking Inside of the Box With Tammi Sauer

On this totally wonderful Tuesday, I am pleased to present Tammi Sauer (and Bernadette) with a fun writing exercise in which Tammi invites you to "think inside the box." If you don't already know Tammi and her fabulous books, I am proud to introduce them to you. "Cowboy Camp" and "Chicken Dance" are two of my family's favorites! And of course we will run out and get "Mostly Monsterly" as Bernadette is making her big picture book debut TODAY!!! I hope that you will too!

Writing Excercise:

Imagine your main character has a top secret box tucked away in the deepest part of her closet...behind the clothes, past the shoes, and underneath a pile of games. What's inside the box? What would your main character do if her mom found the box? What if her little brother found the box and shared it with everyone in the school?
Psst! Some Scoop on Tammi:

Tammi grew up on a farm outside the small town of Victoria, Kansas. While there, she chased pigs, kept tabs on the cows, and occasionally danced with chickens. These days, Tammi lives with her husband, their two children, and way too many pets in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Tammi is a former teacher and library media specialist.

She cannot parallel park.

Tammi's Picture Books:

Cowboy Camp (Sterling, 2005)
Chicken Dance (Sterling, 2009)
Mostly Monsterly (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2010)
Mr. Duck Means Business (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2011)
Bawk and Roll (Sterling, 2011)
Me Want Pet! (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2012)
Princess-in-Training (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, forthcoming)
Oh, Nuts! (Bloomsbury, forthcoming)

Website: www.tammisauer.com
Blog: http://tamarak.livejournal.com/
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmqzNJZ11mg

Mostly Monsterly

by Tammi Sauer; illustrated by Scott Magoon
(Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2010)

"Bernadette was mostly monsterly.
She lurched.
She growled.
She caused mayhem of all kinds.
But, underneath the fangs and fur, Bernadette had a deep dark secret...."

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Coming soon!
Mr. Duck Means Business (Simon & Schuster)

Tammi's latest:
Chicken Dance (Sterling)
2009 NAPPA Gold Medal Award
2010 Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award
2010 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best book
2011 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee
2010-2011 Buckaroo Book Award Nominee
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For freebies, fun, and much, much more, check out www.elvispoultrybooks.com. It'll have you all shook up.


  1. Great writing exercise! Thank you, Tammi! And, btw, I'm not sure if I can parallel park or not--I just don't! Of course, I drive a mommy-van...

  2. Bite into these while you write!!!