Two thumbs (Ten fingers!) Up

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So happy about this School Library Journal review (below) for Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands! The book releases in just a couple of weeks: July 5, 2016! I have always been in love with books for the very smallest readers. The babies in these pages are adorably illustrated by Jane Massey and I think this book makes a perfect baby shower gift. Will it be obnoxious of me to give my own book to all the babies-to-be-born for years to come? Here’s even more good news: Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet follows in November!

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School Library Journal:

Toddler-PreS—This ode to delightfully dimpled hands is the stuff laptime snuggles are made of. A simple rhyming text describes toddlers’ hands as little ones play, wait for treats, eat, and clean up. The fresh, child-friendly illustrations are spot-on. Adults will appreciate the easy to read verses like “One last bite, then arms up high!/Wash two hands and pat them dry.” Little listeners will be comforted by the familiar scenarios and are sure to recognize themselves in the group of diverse faces. The simple finger-counting framework facilitates learning numbers without detracting from the appeal. VERDICT A solid choice. Purchase this hardcover edition, or wait for the board book so it can be zealously enjoyed by two small hands.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH

Superhero Instruction Manual Launch Party at The American School of Belo Horizonte in Brazil

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These big and little superheroes made my day celebrating the release of Superhero Instruction Manual. We chose our superhero names (favorite color + favorite animal — Mine is “Red Lion”) and decided on our superpowers. (After all, “superheroes don’t just wake up one day with superpowers. You must work hard to discover your inner BAM-BOOM-POW!”)

Here are a few images from this Zoom-Vroom-SUPER day!

 

 

Turn Yourself Super!

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Just as Superhero Instruction Manual gives you the power to turn yourself super in seven easy steps, these super books give teachers and their students the power to turn the summer (or the whole school year!) super in just a few pages. These are some of my own favorites, both brand-new on the scene and time-honored in the superhero tradition.

Boom . . . Smash . . . Kazam! Get reading, heroes!

 

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Greenville County, SC Elementary School Visit Giveaway!!

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CALLING ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EMPLOYEES
OF GREENVILLE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA!!!
Your school could win a free school visit!

Did you hear me?

A FREE FULL-DAY SCHOOL VISIT
IN 2016-17!

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Greenville County teachers, principals, assistants, librarians, maintenance workers, lunchroom workers, ANYONE who works for an elementary school (public or private) in Greenville County, South Carolina, you are all eligible to enter!

Sound the word, let the masses know, coordinate a collective effort from your school employees to submit entries. Contest runs through May 17, 2016.

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There are two ways to enter, one of which is preordering Superhero Instruction Manual at this link:

http://www.fiction-addiction.com/si/9780385755344N.html

(See contest rules below for specifics.)

CONTEST RULES:

1)  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

2) This giveaway is for one (1) full-day school visit (up to 6 presentations in the same location on the same date) conducted by Kristy Dempsey at any elementary school (public or private) of the prize winner’s choice in Greenville County, South Carolina.

3) VALUE OF PRIZE: Service is valued at $1000.00; prize may not be exchanged for equivalent monetary value. No cash alternative to prize is offered and no substitutions are allowed.

4) TERM OF CONTEST: Contest runs from April 17, 2016 to May 17, 2016. Drawing will take place on May 18, 2016 and winner will be notified by telephone and/or by email on that same day. School visit must be scheduled and completed by May 17, 2017 on a date mutually agreed upon by Sponsor and prize winner.

5) ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.

6) ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to any employee of any elementary school (public or private) in Greenville County, South Carolina.

7) FORMS OF ENTRY:

There are two ways to enter:

  • Pre-order SUPERHERO INSTRUCTION MANUAL by 5:30 pm EST on 5/17/2016 from Fiction Addiction Bookstore, 1175 Woods Crossing Rd., St. 5, Greenville, SC, tel.: (864) 675-0540. You can also preorder here: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/si/9780385755344N.html For each book purchased, you will receive one entry in the contest. To complete entry, email copy of receipt to superherobookvisit@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on May 17, 2016, with a subject line of SUPERHERO SCHOOL VISIT, with name, address, and telephone number in the body of the email.

BUT,

  • No purchase is necessary! You may print the entry form below and deliver to Fiction Addiction Bookstore, 1175 Woods Crossing Rd., St. 5, Greenville, SC, 29607. Entries must be received by 5:30 pm EST on 5/17/2016. There is no limit to the number of entry forms you may submit. Each completed entry form will count as one entry into the contest.

8) TAXES: All taxes on prizes (if applicable) are the sole responsibility of the winner. Prizes are not transferable/assignable.

9) SPONSOR: The official sponsor of this contest is author Kristy Dempsey, whose decisions will be considered final and binding on all matters related to this promotion. Fiction Addiction Bookstore shall not be held responsible for matters related to the execution or the final decision of this contest.

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Superhero Kirkus Review

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It’s always a little bit of a relief when your first review comes out for a forthcoming book and not only is it a good review, but it highlights many of your own favorite aspects of the book.

Kirkus reviews writes, “. . . a ‘complete, unabridged’ instruction manual that guarantees it can turn anyone super in ‘seven easy steps.’ In the background, a friendly dog and an intrigued-yet-suspicious sister follow [the young boy] throughout his journey to superherodom in hilarious counterpoint.

The review finishes off with, “This funny, spirited exploration of superhero culture sans violence and with an added dose of familial love is a powerful addition to any bookshelf.”

One of the dearest aspects of the book to my heart is the relationship between the main character and his sister. There is a definite love/hate relationship that plays out over the course of the story, and yet, in the end, they know they can count on each other. Isn’t that what being a hero is all about?

Read the entire Kirkus review here.