Saturday, November 16, 2013

NaNoWrimo Come Write In: Towne Book Center & Cafe

At the start of Saturday we were at 17% of our word count for NaNoWriMo (YWP). To be on track, we should have been at 50% by the start of the day. We were not.

The Plan
We decided to travel to the Towne Book Center & Cafe in Collegeville to work on our word count in an attempt to hit the 50% marker. Do you think we made it? 

Ask for our book at the

Met the ML
Soon after arrival, we met Steve, the local Municipal Liason(ML) for NaNoWriMo. Thanks for all you do, Steve! There were four other NaNoWriMoers (is that a word?) working on their work in progress. Neighbor Girl signed in and charted her progress so far. 

Got Our Fuel
Yum! We purchased our yummy beverages at the Cafe.

This is where we thank Neighbor Girl for allowing us to continue our adventures. She worked diligently throughout the day. Way to go, Neighbor Girl!

That is Our Book!
This wonderful book store sells our book. Aren't they the best? This was extremely exciting for us. 
In the end.. 

We hit 42% of our word count. Considering we began at 17%, and wrote over 2300 words today alone, we are feeling better about reaching our month's goal. After writing so many words in one day, less than 400 for the days ahead should seem like a piece of cake.  

Of course, we couldn't leave there without purchasing a book. Neighbor Girl's fun choice: 

Sandra Boynton's Amazing Cows

As always, thank you for reading and sharing,
Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge ( & Stanley, too!)
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It is Word of the Week Time: DELUGE

Word of the Week for 11/18/2013
You may listen to the live official WOW announcement broadcast each Monday at 7:20AM on WEEU 830AM from "The voice of Berks County and Beyond." Links to broadcasts may be found on the Muhlenberg School District website. Click here to go there.

Are you ready for the free printables? Visit Kid Lit Printables to find these free printables:

  • DELUGE printable mini-book.
  • Word of the Week Review Instruction Cube
  • Word of the Week blank page to fill out

Now tell us, how will you use the word deluge this week? Have you seen it used anywhere? Is your school using these words? What fun activities do you have for the word? I want to know and so do my friends - please share your creations and let us know if you are using our printables - that makes us happy!

If you and/or your family completes an activity, we would love to see a picture of it, or hear all about it. You may do this in the comments below; on our Facebook page; on Twitter (use the hashtag #kidlitwow); pinterest; Google+ - truly, anywhere you want to tell the world with gusto!

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As always, thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge ( & Stanley, too!)
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Book Blasty Tour Check in and a Writing Contest for Kids 8 to 12 year olds

Book Blasty Tour Status

   We are at the half-way point on our Book Blasty Tour. Our paws are super happy,and dancing like crazy over the thoughtful feedback we are receiving about our book. 

   We are having a great time visiting with our tour hosts and their blogs all over the world. Cool Mom decided to have some fun by creating a clickable map of our blog tour stops. Thanks, Cool Mom! Check it out for a fun way to visit with the hosts who have posted to date (we'll be adding the other stops as our tour continues). 

Spilling Ink: Writing Contest for 8 to 12 year olds

For those who follow our blog regularly, remember the amazing artist Matt Phelan, who wrote Bluffton? He told us about a writing contest just for kids 8 to 12 years old, and we want to share it with you. 

Neighbor Girl picked up the book Spilling Ink at the Lititz Kid-Lit Festival and is looking forward to reading it. Matt Phelan just happens to be the illustrator of that book. 

The authors of Spilling Ink are holding a writing contest. Click here to read all about it and be sure to tell the young writers in your life about it. 

Tweet about this contest: 

As always, thank you for reading and sharing,
Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge ( & Stanley, too!)
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The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln Blog Tour & Book Review

The SockKids Meet Lincoln

Yay!  We are happy to be a stop along the The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln Blog Tour. In this post you will find a summary of the book, Cool Mom's review of the book and information about the authors. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to enter the Giveaway with 3 Grand Prize winners, who will each get a $25 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash) + a SockKids™ t-shirt. There are additional prizes as well. See all of the fun details below, and take some time to check out the other great tour stop hosts while you are here. Thanks for visiting! 
Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge 

About the Book

The SOCKKIDS Meet Lincoln - CoverTitle: The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln
Authors: Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone
Illustrator: SugarSnail
Publication Date: August 14, 2013
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 40 (print)
Recommended Age: 3 to 8

Summary (Amazon): Where do our missing socks go? Readers find out in our children’s series, The SOCKKIDS. We follow the Socker family through many adventures; from encountering the slobbery mouth of the family dog to meeting Santa as he comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve to helping a fireman save a baby to the most shy Socker going to the school dance for the first time. Thanks to the time-travel opportunities afforded by the spin cycle of the washer, they learn about some of the most important humans in the world. Children two and up and their parents will be drawn to the diversity of the family and the universal and timeless lessons they teach: don’t be afraid of new experiences; treat others as you would like to be treated, and of course, beware of the spin cycle!

Cool Mom's Review 

     High level, this series is about time traveling socks.  
   I'll be honest, I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. Upon finishing, I thought, "That was cute and educational."  My ten-year-old daughter had the same opinion of the book.
     The fact that I am still a homeschooling mother at heart, helped me to see the high value of this book.  When Stretch, the sock, takes a journey back in time to President Lincoln's foot, there are more than a few topics that can be launched off of this adventure: 
*Technology changes through the years:
        ~ Laundry History
       ~ Horse drawn cariages --> cars
Clothing changes through the years
Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President 
The Gettysburg Address
Presidents of the United States

This book is an extremely quick read. It contains bright, fun and colorful pictures.  The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln would be great for early elementary kids and younger as a fun way to introduce President Lincoln to a young child. Keeping the age range in mind, I think the book is perfect.


The SOCKKIDS Meet Lincoln - CoverAmazon Buy Button  

The Buzz From Others

"I love the creativity of the story as well as the many lessons that can be discussed after reading this, including President Lincoln and what he stood for. (I enjoy books that allow you to start a dialog with children who read them, and this book does not disappoint.) The book is easy to read, which makes it appealing because children can read it with an adult or on their own. I even giggled a few times while reading this, and any story that can put a smile on someone's face has my approval!." ~ 5-Star Review from ksen, Amazon

"This is an adorable story with a wonderful message. I loved the illustrations, so colorful, every child will love these pictures and love this story. We all have lost socks in the washing machine and how cute to picture them talking to each other. I also loved the journey to Lincoln and how it didn't matter to him what color the socks were, his didn't match, a hidden message which you will have to read the story to find out what all that means. I hope to see many other wonderful sockkids adventures from Mr. Sullivan. I would give this more than 5 stars!" ~ 5-Star review from Cynthia A. Springsteen, Amazon 

About The Authors: Michael John Sullivan & Susan Petrone

Michael John Sullivan
Michael John Sullivan is the creator of the SockKids. Constantly searching for his socks, he wondered whether the missing foot comforters had found another pair of feet to warm. Before his interest in socks, Sullivan started writing his first novel while homeless, riding a NYC subway train at night. Sullivan returned to his subway notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness (Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books imprint). Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak one of the year’s best in 2010. His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (Fiction Studio Books, 2012) was named one of the best books of 2012 by Sullivan has written articles about the plight of homelessness for, The Washington,, the Huffington Post, and America Online’s service.

Susan Petrone
Susan Petrone’s short fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, The Cleveland Review, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island. Her first novel, A Body at Rest, was published in 2009 (Drinian Press). Her short story, Monster Jones Wants to Creep You Out (Conclave,2010) was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. She also writes about her beloved Cleveland Indians at for’s SweetSpot network. In addition, she is a regular contributor to Cool
 Susan Petrone’s short fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, The Cleveland Review, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island. Her first novel, A Body at Rest, was published in 2009 (Drinian Press). Her short story, Monster Jones Wants to Creep You Out (Conclave,2010) was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. She also writes about her beloved Cleveland Indians at for’s SweetSpot network. In addition, she is a regular contributor to Cool

Book Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads 

The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln Blog Tour Schedule (2013)

November 5
November 6
November 7
November 8
November 9
November 10
November 11
November 12
November 13
November 14
November 15
November 16
November 17
November 18
November 19
November 20
November 21
November 22
November 23
November 24
November 25

*** The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln Blog Tour Giveaway ***

SockKids Grand Prize Blog Tour

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter giveaway

Prize: There will be 3 Grand Prize Winners each consisting of a $25 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash) + a SockKids t-shirt. There will also be three secondary prizes consisting of a SockKids t-shirt. Contest runs: November 5 to December 2, 11:59 pm, 2013 Open: Worldwide How to enter: Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The Grand Prize winner and secondary winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions - feel free to send and email to Renee(at) MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Almost Wordless Wednesday: A hamster is the best medicine?

Poem? Story? Haiku? Question? What does this picture bring to your mind?
Write it below in the comments and have an amazing day!

A special thanks to Snuffles, the hamster, for assisting us with our writing prompts.

We participate routinely in the following Wordless Wednesday Blog Hops.
We encourage you to visit them as well.
Thank you to all of the fabulous hosts!

Create with Joy's Wordless Wednesday
Amanda's Books & More Picture Perfect Party Linky
That Suburban Momma's Not so Wordless Wednesday
The Jenny's Evolution: Wordless Wednesday
Crafty Spices: Wordless Wednesday

Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (& Stanley)


Monday, November 11, 2013

Why did Neighbor Girl ask her father to put Buster Keaton movies in their Netflix Instant Queue?

Because she met this man..
This is the incredibly talented, Matt Phelan. He illustrated/authored the beautiful graphic-novel , Bluffton. Bluffton illustrates a story about three summers in the life of a young Buster Keaton as seen through the eyes of a fictional summer friend. 

Neighbor Girl purchased Bluffton and was lucky enough to have Mr. Phelan sign it at the Lititz Kid-Lit Festival, after attending his session, "Buster Keaton through the eyes of illustrator Matt Phelan." Thanks to Erik of This Kid Reviews Books for inviting them to this special day!

Mr. Phelan's session was educational, interesting and entertaining. At question time, Neighbor Girl wanted to know:
    "When you paint your illustrations, do you have a full page for each painting or do you paint the pages as they are in the book?" His answer: He paints each page exactly the way it will be in the book. 
       Very interesting. 

Neighbor Girl had wanted to attend his illustration class as well, but it was at the same time as Chris Grabentein's session. These are extremely difficult choices for a young author. 

When it came time for Mr. Phelan to sign her copy of his book, he remembered her question, and told her that he thought it was a great one. He then asked her about us (Stanley & Katrina)! He took the time to talk with her, and encouraged her tremendously. When he was offered a copy of our book, he accepted with excitement, asked Neighbor Girl to sign the book, and then took this great picture (above) with her. 

This is a good man. Cool Mom says so and we pretty much take her word for it. 

Oh, and guess what? Bluffton is an excellent book!  Erik was absolutely right, "Mr. Matt Phelan's story-telling through illustrations is incredible!" 

Neighbor Girl read Bluffton upon arriving home, and told Cool Mom repeatedly, "It is really good, you need to read it." One day later,and both are in agreement. Which means that this dog and cat are able to recommend it highly.

Oh, we must go now...Neighbor Girl is telling us that it is time to watch a Buster Keaton movie.

     Update: We watched Steam Boat Bill Jr. and Sherlock Jr., today, and really enjoyed both of them!

What should you do now?  How about one of the following:

Later this week, we will share about meeting Chris Grabenstein at the same event, but first Neighbor Girl wants to read his book, Mr. Lemoncello's Library. She can't wait!

Hmmm...NaNoWriMo YWP is falling a bit behind but we are planning a fun write-in/travel session on Saturday. We'll see if we are able to catch up. 

Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)

Disclosure: We purchased a copy of Bluffton. We received no monetary or in-kind compensation for our honest review. This post does NOT contain affiliate links.