The Streak – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Having recently reviewed Barb Rosenstock's fabulous bio of Yogi Berra, I thought I'd reviewed Barb Rosenstock's THE STREAK: How Joe Dimaggio Became America's Hero....but it turns out I hadn't—until now. Baseball fans are familiar with how superstitious ball players can be. They wear their favorite socks, carry a luck talisman, or perform a key ritual … Continue reading The Streak – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Lights, Camera, CARMEN! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Get ready for a strong, character-driven story. Meet CARMEN. But who's that kid in the background? Oh yeah, her little brother, Eduardo. Everything we need to know about the relationship between Carmen and Eduardo is shown on the title page: She is the star. He is her eager acolyte. On the first spread, it's made … Continue reading Lights, Camera, CARMEN! – Perfect Picture Book Friday


Everyone and anyone who wants to be a critical thinker needs to understand the scientific method. Perhaps a certain Cheeto-in-Chief would have taken a different path if he’d only learned this lesson. But maybe it’s not too late! Maybe if you win this book, you could send it to him. He and his henchmen could do experiments to understand the difference between fact and fiction.


But wait, it’s still a book, even if it does have pictures. There are still words to be read. And I forgot for a moment that our Cheeto-in-Chief doesn’t read. His gut tells him things, kind of like a psychic. So I guess that leaves him in the group of frightened mice who believe the owl is real. Maybe that owl is a metaphor for a wall. Maybe. Maybe it’s late, and I’m rambling.

In any case, go enter to win Mike Allegra’s new book, Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist! All you have to do is answer one thought-provoking question. I hear there’s going to be another science march. Once you read this book, you’ll be prepared. Your children/students will be prepared. But don’t expect the Cheeto-in-Chief to listen. Happy Reading!

Hey, Look! A Writer Fellow!

It’s time to win a signed, hardcover copy my new picture book: Scampers Thinks Like A Scientist!

Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist is the book that received a five-star review from Foreward Reviews. It’s the book that nabbed a glowing notice from the difficult-to-please Kirkus. And it’s the book that stars the cutest mouse in the history of ever.

Oh. My. God. Just look at that widdle face!

So let’s get started!

How To Enter

To enter the Scampers drawing, all you need to do is leave a comment below that answers this question:

Which fictional character would you most want to have as a next-door neighbor?

That’s it! Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in the random drawing for Scampers!

But Wait!

Do you already have a copy of Scampers? That’s great! Thank you!

Enter the contest anyway.

After all, if you win, you can…

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Yogi – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Spring training is in full swing and Barb Rosenstock's new book for baseball lovers (especially Yankee Fans) has hit the field. What were two of the things Yogi Berra was famous for? Here's a clue: The opening lines provide the themes for the story. Lawdie Berra (Yogi's given name) loved his family, his Italian neighborhood, … Continue reading Yogi – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Geraldine – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I've been falling for giraffes lately. And Geraldine is no exception. From the jacket flap: "No, no, NO! Geraldine is not moving. Not to this new town where she's the only giraffe. Not to this new school where she has no friends. Not to this new place where everyone only knows her as That Giraffe … Continue reading Geraldine – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Never judge an actress by her glamor or profession, because there may be something under that camera-ready veneer. In Hedy Lamarr's case, there was an extremely creative brain, one that worked nonstop, even while she was acting. Jacket flap: "Meet savvy scientist and inventor Hedy Lamarr, also known for her career as a glamorous international … Continue reading Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Action Jackson – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I found Action Jackson while wandering through the library the other day, looking for mentor texts for a picture book biography about artists that I'm writing. Although the longer text (1,885 words) reveals that it's an older title (2002), I wanted to feature it here because I LOVE it! The opening: "In the afternoon, Jackson … Continue reading Action Jackson – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Only the Best for You, Mom! – Valentiny Contest

And now it's time for Susanna Hill's Valentiny contest! The rules this year: write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone feels guilty! My entry is 210 words.   Only the Best for You, Mom! By Jilanne Hoffmann   Mom, why are you giving me the stink eye? One … Continue reading Only the Best for You, Mom! – Valentiny Contest

I Am Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  Some kids are drawn to build, some to dance, some to sing or write or draw or do math or reach for the many paths and possibilities. And then we come to a child in Cameroon. Tantoh, a young boy in Cameroon, is drawn to the earth. He is fascinated by how plants … Continue reading I Am Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Giraffe Problems – Perfect Picture Book Friday

No pressure. Nothing like being  ★ An Amazon Most Anticipated Children's Book of Fall 2018  or ★ A Publisher's Weekly Most Anticipated Children's Book of 2018. Yes, Jory John is a picture book rock star, but the pressure is real at the top. And I don't envy his having to pull a rabbit out of … Continue reading Giraffe Problems – Perfect Picture Book Friday