“Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Was it the great Shakes who said: A nose by any other name would smell as accurately? Yes, I think he was the one. And I think he was talking about the young James Kelly in search of a career, of something that would make him special. His future was out there. He could almost … Continue reading “Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses – Perfect Picture Book Friday

By Cosal - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=84365122

Okavango Delta – Respite

Taking a little time off from posting until the fall. Thought I'd leave you all with a link to one of the most extraordinary places on earth, the Okavango Delta in Botswana. We camped on top of a truck throughout Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia in 1997 for a couple of months. One of … Continue reading Okavango Delta – Respite

Never Trust an Easter Lion – #SpringFlingKidlit

It's time for the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest!  Rules: Stories should be for kids ages, 12 or under use a GIF to inspire your story use no more than 150 words (mine is exactly that) no illustration notes How could I resist this GIF from giphy.com???? NEVER TRUST AN EA(S)TER LION By Jilanne Hoffmann   … Continue reading Never Trust an Easter Lion – #SpringFlingKidlit

Holiday Hiatus

The Christmas of Three Trees in memory of my father's passing (2013, Shot by my then 10-yr-old son) Wishing Everyone Snow (if you want it) Hope you're dancing like the Bay Bridge over untroubled water San Francisco Houses (yes, all the decorated trees are live) See you in the New Year! And watch out for … Continue reading Holiday Hiatus

Happy Not-Shopping Friday!

I'll give you a hint about what I'm doing with my family instead of shopping... Hope you all are having a restful and inspiring time with family and friends! Perfect Picture Book Friday will return next week. Cheers!

The Fate of Fausto – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Today's perfect picture book confirms that, yes, a picture book can be vitally relevant to adults and children, relating basic truths about our lives and how we interact with our world. That the picture book as an art object can do this in so few words continues to thrill me. Fausto is a man accustomed … Continue reading The Fate of Fausto – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Express Delivery From Dinosaur World – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I missed last week's post due to Kidquake, the elementary school program of the Litquake Literary Festival in San Francisco. We wrangled about 800 kids, plus their teachers and chaperones through four assemblies, 10 workshops, and hundreds of books. All FREE for registered classes. And only one fire alarm pulled by a particularly exuberant child. … Continue reading Express Delivery From Dinosaur World – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The White Witch vs. Jacob Marley’s Ghost – Debatables

I'm sure you have an opinion. What is the most ominous wintry scene in children's literature? CricketMuse argues that Edmund's encounter with the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia takes the prize,  —while I argue that Jacob Marley's visitation of Scrooge has put the fear of miserliness into children for over 170 years. What … Continue reading The White Witch vs. Jacob Marley’s Ghost – Debatables

Serendipity Strikes (AKR Moment)

Have you ever had an Amy Krouse Rosenthal (AKR) moment? Yesterday, I casually bought Terry Tempest Williams' book, "When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice." I read the title and decided to buy it. I didn't look inside. It just seemed like something I needed to read. When I opened it this morning, I … Continue reading Serendipity Strikes (AKR Moment)

The Salamander-ish Sully Competition

Despite the fact that "salamander" reminds me of slander, and that the definition of "sully" falls in line with slander, I am entering the Sully Competition because I—well, who can resist entering a competition where one of the prizes is an official Sully certificate from the fabulous Mike Allegra, children's book author, playwright, freelance writer … Continue reading The Salamander-ish Sully Competition