A CHRISTMAS WISH FOR CORDUROY

Christmas Wish coverFIRST REVIEW!  Checkout the first review for A CHRISTMAS WISH FOR CORDUROY. The review will run in the September issue of Kirkus Reviews.

“The story’s language and pacing match the tone of the original story, and the illustrations are a close match to Freeman’s original work. Purists may object to extending the franchise, but this is a story that can stand next to the original two Corduroy tales without apology. A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hard—just right.”

The complete review:

“A prequel to the beloved classics Corduroy (1968) and A Pocket for Corduroy (1978), this story tells how Corduroy found his green overalls (and his name). When the story opens, Corduroy is just a brown teddy bear on a department-store shelf, sitting next to a stuffed rabbit and a doll. He’s waiting to be chosen as a child’s desired Christmas gift. The bear hears customers talking about visiting Santa and wearing special outfits, and he notices the other toys are requested by name. The bear searches for clothing in the store, finally finding a small pair of green corduroy overalls in the Santa display section. He falls asleep on Santa’s chair, and it’s Santa himself who gives him the name of Corduroy, suggested by his overalls. The story ends with Lisa’s familiar dialogue: “Look! There’s the very bear I’ve always wanted!” The story’s language and pacing match the tone of the original story, and the illustrations are a close match to Freeman’s original work. Purists may object to extending the franchise, but this is a story that can stand next to the original two Corduroy tales without apology. A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hard—just right.”

Merry Christmas!

 

A CHRISTMAS WISH FOR CORDUORY

Christmas Wish coverBefore he met Lisa, Corduroy was just a little bear in the toy department of a big store, waiting for somebody to take him home. A CHRISTMAS WISH FOR CORDUROY takes readers back to the beginning and shows how Corduroy became the beloved bear we know today. This is a heartwarming story about the power of hope, perseverance, and friendship- an important addition to any Corduroy collection.

KIRKUS REVIEW:

“A prequel to the beloved classics Corduroy (1968) and A Pocket for Corduroy (1978), this story tells how Corduroy found his green overalls (and his name). When the story opens, Corduroy is just a brown teddy bear on a department-store shelf, sitting next to a stuffed rabbit and a doll. He’s waiting to be chosen as a child’s desired Christmas gift. The bear hears customers talking about visiting Santa and wearing special outfits, and he notices the other toys are requested by name. The bear searches for clothing in the store, finally finding a small pair of green corduroy overalls in the Santa display section. He falls asleep on Santa’s chair, and it’s Santa himself who gives him the name of Corduroy, suggested by his overalls. The story ends with Lisa’s familiar dialogue: “Look! There’s the very bear I’ve always wanted!” The story’s language and pacing match the tone of the original story, and the illustrations are a close match to Freeman’s original work. Purists may object to extending the franchise, but this is a story that can stand next to the original two Corduroy tales without apology. A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hard—just right.”

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“Not too long, not too hard — just right”

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Take a look at the Kirkus review for A CHRISTMAS WISH FOR CORDUROY! a very nice, early Christmas present!

“A prequel to the beloved classics Corduroy (1968) and A Pocket for Corduroy (1978), this story tells how Corduroy found his green overalls (and his name). When the story opens, Corduroy is just a brown teddy bear on a department-store shelf, sitting next to a stuffed rabbit and a doll. He’s waiting to be chosen as a child’s desired Christmas gift. The bear hears customers talking about visiting Santa and wearing special outfits, and he notices the other toys are requested by name. The bear searches for clothing in the store, finally finding a small pair of green corduroy overalls in the Santa display section. He falls asleep on Santa’s chair, and it’s Santa himself who gives him the name of Corduroy, suggested by his overalls. The story ends with Lisa’s familiar dialogue: “Look! There’s the very bear I’ve always wanted!” The story’s language and pacing match the tone of the original story, and the illustrations are a close match to Freeman’s original work. Purists may object to extending the franchise, but this is a story that can stand next to the original two Corduroy tales without apology. A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hard—just right.”

 

June 2014 Interview

B. G. HennessyA recent interview with B. G. Hennessy on the LoTempio Law Blog asks some big questions:

  • Speaking of illustrating for children’s books, can you expand on this integral part of children’s literature?
  • What is the relationship between writer and illustrator?
  • What advice would you give to young writers or illustrators who want to break into the children’s book market?
  • What subject or point of view do you feel intrigued you the most and gave you the most room to really get your creative juices flowing?

http://www.lotempiolaw.com/2014/05/articles/copyright/an-interview-with-childrens-author-b-g-hennessy/

From ONCE UPON A TIME to Scary Ever After (Video)

The beginning of THE ONCE UPON A TIME MAP BOOK!

The beginning of THE ONCE UPON A TIME MAP BOOK!

This week Kai 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.

 

Kai’s Question Video: From Once Upon a Time to Scary Ever After

Teacher’s Guide for THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF

Boy Who Cried Wold Teacher Guide CoverBehold! The new 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 

CLAIRE AND THE UNICORN HAPPY EVER AFTER Teacher’s Guide

Claire Teacher Guide CoverThe brand-new Teacher’s Guide for CLAIRE AND THE UNICORN HAPPY EVER AFTER is now available! Specially written for early elementary grades this 10 page guide includes units on problem solving, friendship, attitude and adventure. Discussions on gender stereotypes, cultural diversity, art, and geography are included as well as creative writing projects and activities. Your students will be “happy ever after.”

Download the guide here: Claire TG final

 

Release the Kraken!

Scary Places TG coverHere 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 here for: THE SCARY PLACES MAP GUIDE Teacher’s Guide