A Normal Pig – Perfect Picture Book Friday

You've heard it on the playground, in the classroom, on playdates, in the lunchroom: "You're so weird." The statements that poke fun at another kid who has the nerve to do or be something different. Enter Pip, A NORMAL PIG. Despite the assertion that we'll be reading a book about a "normal" pig,  we can … Continue reading A Normal Pig – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I love it when I find a new ABC book with a twist, one that makes me smile. This one jumped out at me from the top of a library bookshelf. First, the end paper, a place for kids to guess the animals associated with each letter. Some, like "X," are tougher than others. The … Continue reading Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Noah Noasaurus – Perfect Picture Book Friday

This is a book that was just waiting for someone to write it. I'm glad that Elaine Kiely Kearns was there for the creating, because she knows dinosaurs, the dynamics of the childhood "NO," and how to make all of this funny. First, there is such a thing as a noasaurus. And it's fitting that … Continue reading Noah Noasaurus – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Have you ever made a birthday wish list and then received something so far afield from what you asked for that you cringed as you opened the present? And was it from someone you loved? Did you smile and say "thank you!" with enthusiasm? Here we have a little girl who's written her list, one … Continue reading When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Worst Breakfast – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As promised, one more gratuitous pic of a fabulous sculpture in THE LAST BOOKSTORE: Apparently, one reader got lost in the Horror Vault and mummified so they strapped her to the wall as a warning to others....I think she looks like an angel. You can see more pics of THE LAST BOOKSTORE in last week's … Continue reading The Worst Breakfast – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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