THE FIRST REVIEW IS IN!
From Kirkus Reviews: Corduroy Takes a Bow:
Books available Sptemeber 4, 2018.
“Don Freeman’s beloved Corduroy experiences an unforgettable night at the theater in this debut picture book from Tony- and Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis with co-author Hennessy and illustrator Wheeler.
When Corduroy accompanies Lisa and her mother to the theater to see a dramatization of nursery rhymes, mischief and fun inevitably follow. After he’s accidentally dropped before the curtain goes up, the ever curious bear ambles through the theater, eager to find the perfect vantage point from which to view the production. Corduroy’s adventures take him from the orchestra pit to the costume room and finally onto the stage itself! The author’s simple text conveys both her love of theater and the magical experience of a child who’s brought to see a show for the first time. Lisa may be sitting in the plush red seats enjoying the show, but the real production is backstage, which readers experience through Corduroy’s eyes. One of Wheeler’s talents as an illustrator is facial expressions, and she captures Corduroy’s elation, trepidation, and fearlessness as he freewheels from adventure to adventure even as she successfully mimics Freeman’s style. Perhaps the book’s most valuable visual aspect is featuring people of color in all elements of the theater, from Lisa and her mother, of course, to the orchestra pit, stage manager, and actors. Even Lisa’s doll, shown at the end, is of color, providing much-needed representation. A sweet story that will have children clamoring to see a show, perhaps with their own bears. (Picture book 3-5)
For many of you, spring was late in coming this year. But it’s finally here. Spring here meant: a new edition of an old favorite, a pub date for the CORDUROY TAKES A BOW, and the announcement of my next book, THIS LITTLE FARMER.
Read all about it here Book Girl News
BIG NEWS FOR CORDUROY!
Corduroy will be making his theatrical debut and who would be better to coach him on theatre fundamentals than the amazing Academy Award-winning actress, Viola Davis? It’s true, I’ve been working with Ms. Davis on CORDUROY TAKES A BOW to be published in Fall 2018 and illustrated by Jody Wheeler.
I already got my Christmas wish! A CHRISTMAS WISH FOR CORDUROY will be published as a board book this fall
Viking is publishing A CHRISTMAS WISH FOR CORDUROY as a board book on October 17, 2017. Plenty of time to get your copy before the holidays. HoHoHo
OOO-LA-LA! Bonjour to the French Edition of THE ONCE UPON A TIME MAP BOOK
Milan has just published the French edition of THE ONCE UPON A TIME MAP BOOK re-illustrated by Marie Caudry. If you can read French check out the review here.
ARIZONA YOUNG AUTHOR’S DAY!
Arizona Young Author’s Day is one of my very favorite events. I met so many great young writers and we got some good work done. Best of the best. I did the keynote presentation: B. G. Hennessy’s Author’s Alphabet. A is for Audience and you can’t beat this group!
BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS FOR A CORDUROY PARTY!
Looking for some great ideas for your birthday girl or boy? Check out these ideas.
LOOKING FOR SOME NEW TREAT IDEAS FOR YOUR TRICKSTER?
Here are 15 ideas for treats: BOO(KS, DECORATIONS AND SNACKS.
Download the complete list here: top treats for your trickster
If you are looking for more ideas check out my Pinterest Page: SCARY PLACES AND HALLOWEEN
MORE THINGS CORDUROY
Check out the new website for Corduroy.
From ONCE UPON A TIME to SCARY EVER AFTER!
Kai, a student from the UK sent me an email asking about where I got the idea for the Map Books. It’s a long story! Watch the video to find out how Little Bo Peep’s Hide & Seek turned into The Once Upon A Time Map Book and how that book evolved into The Scary Places Map Book. Click below to watch the video.
Teacher’s Guide for THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF. Compiled by Martha Elson, this guide is packed with related ideas, lesson plans and activities to keep your classroom humming. CCSS compliant.
Download the teacher’s guide here: BOY WHO CRIED WOLF
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TEACHER’S GUIDE TIP:
Check out the latest teacher’s guide. This one is for CLAIRE AND THE UNICORN, HAPPY EVER AFTER. There are 10 pages of classroom activities and projects. Units include problem solving, friendship, attitude and adventure. Topics include gender stereotypes and cultural diversity. Creative writing and sharing activities are covered as well. Compiled by Pamela Yang. check out all 10 pages of projects, activities, and lesson plans.
Download your copy here: Claire TG final
Well, check out Scholastic’s list of 100 great Books on Building Character. the list includes links to lesson plans. THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF can be found in the HONESTY section.
Check out Scholastic’s lesson plans here: http://www.scholastic.com/browse/collateral.jsp?id=32391
The Literature Guide for THE SCARY PLACES MAP BOOK
Now available as a FREE DOWNLOAD on the Teachers Pay Teachers site. It is also available here under the Teachers and Parents tab. elected by teachers, librarians and bloggers there are over 150 books keyed to each map. From picture books to nonfiction, you will find something for even the pickiest reader.
Looking for ACCELERATED READER TITLES? All lucky 13 B. G. Hennessy titles are listed here: http://bghennessy.com/?cat=73
VERY SCARY BOOK TRAILER
Check out eighth grader Jared Johnson’s book trailer for THE SCARY PLACES MAP BOOK. Jared won “Best Director ” for his work on his film. Congrats, Jared!
TEACHER’S GUIDE FOR THE SCARY PLACES MAP BOOK: : GRADES 1-4, CCSS
Release the Kraken! Here is a back-to-school present for you. The brand-spanking-new Teacher’s Guide for THE SCARY PLACES MAP BOOK created by Marcie Colleen. Almost 20 pages of activities, games and projects to bring SCARY PLACES into the ELA, Math, Science and Math curriculum.
Includes the CCSS compliance standards for English Language and Math for first through fourth grade.
Click on the link: http://bghennessy.com/wp-content/uploads/SPMG-TG-pdf-.pdf
LITERATURE GUIDE FOR THE SCARY PLACES MAP BOOK
Over 150 picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle readers, collections and activity books included, and listed by map.
Click here for the Literature Guide: SCARY PLACES LIT GUIDE Rev
IT’S BIG! And I mean BIG!
Don’t forget to check out all the CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES in our teacher’s guide. Once Upon A Time Map Book Teachers Guide and download the free map grid for even more activities.
Download the Teacher’s Guide here: Once Upon A Time Map Book Teachers Guide
Download the map grid here: Map Grid