There’s a jingle contest going on at the wonderful Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog, in honor of her picture book, Can’t Sleep Without Sheep coming out as an e-book this week. You can check the book out here if you are not familiar with it. It’s a great story about a little girl, Ava, who counts sheep at bedtime, but she takes so long to fall asleep that they sheep grow exhausted from jumping over the fence and they quit. Other animals- cows, chickens, pigs, flamingos, horses, penguins…- stand in for the sheep, but chaos ensues. It’s a terrific story with adorable illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka.
Here is my little audio jingle, sung to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies theme song. I had a video, but the file was too large to upload. I need to look into that. In the meantime here is the audio:
And be sure to hop on over to Susanna’s blog to check out the other entries. There are some great ones!
Waiting and doubting. That, too, is part of an artist’s life.
“Rufus Study” by Iza Trapani 2006 More
I just read an excellent post by children’s book writer, Laura Sassi: Here’s What I “Tinkle”: Thoughts on Critiquing Stories.
And it got me “tinkling” too.
Now and then I am asked to critique a picture book manuscript. The one I worked on last week was surprisingly good. This aspiring author had done his homework. The story had lovely imagery, remarkably good meter and flowing rhymes. And it was told with heart and humor.
I was enthralled by the imagery and the mood in the story, but in the end, I didn’t know what the story was about. It was beautiful but not coherent. The writer had used multiple points of view and the plot was unclear. I was baffled. More
This post is for a sweet, five-year-old boy, who is struggling with epilepsy. Thank you to Susanna Leonard Hill for conceiving and organizing this blog link-up, each of which has something special to help Renn along and brighten his hospital stay. Please hop on over to Susanna’s blog here.
This is for you, Renn. You are a brave warrior!
And here is the coloring page to print out:
I hope you feel better soon, Renn!
Warm wishes to you and your family!