Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spooky Halloween Treats

Who doesn't like to have his spine tingled a little or a lot?
Spooky is cool.
Especially this time of year.
Especially for boys.

Here are several great book options for the season
Chris Eboch
The Ghost Miner's Treasure is recently released and the fourth book in the HAUNTED series. Again we follow the adventures of Jon and Tania traveling with their parents who produce a ghost-hunter television show. This time they are headed to the Superstition Mountains of Arizona.

For Kindle users, check out the special FREE promotion on this newest installment at Amazon good through Halloween.

The Ghost Miner's Treasure

Bruce Coville
When it comes to spooky fun, Coville never disappoints. Always October is his most recent book. In it, he takes young readers to a world populated with monsters, including Jake Doolittle's adopted baby brother.

From dragons to aliens, goblins and talking skulls, Coville is a master at combining horror and humor and keeping young readers' eyes glued to the page.

Roald Dahl
The Witches is a classic from one of the all-time best. It begins, "But this is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES." There are not many better ways to hook a young reader than making a myth plausible in the world we know.

Dahl's unique and colorful story-telling voice and his ability to create unforgettable characters is the reason kids clamor for everything he's ever written.

If you can't get enough, here are a few more.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

VOICE OF THE PICTURE BOOK: Interview with publisher Allyn Johnston and author/illustrator Marla Frazee

Today's podcast guests are author/illustrator Marla Frazee and publisher Allyn Johnston of Beach Lane Books. The two have collaberated on a number of books including the Caldecott Award Winning picture book, A Couple of Boys and the Best Week Ever.

Listen and enjoy their comments on finding the voice of the young male in a picture book.

Friday, October 12, 2012

WRITERS' BLOCK: What's in my pocket?

In anticipation of the upcoming movie, I was rereading The Hobbit with my son. We came up to the famous riddle scene between Bilbo and Gollem when Bilbo off-handedly asks, "What's in my pocket?"