HAPPY BIRTHDAY Miss Pond!!! My house is nothing but cake, balloons, and super heroines today! This tag is a must. The #CakeFlavoredBooks tag was created on Bookstagram and adapted for the blogosphere by Paper Fury.
Okay. I am so excited about this post that I might make it a regular feature on my blog. I mean, I can barely stop looking at my hands long enough to type this post.
Hello hello, my friends!
My birthday month is over and July is here. And you know what July means? Oh, that’s right – it’s Camp Nanowrimo time! For this round of Camp, I’ve decided to do a little something different. Rather than work on my novel via writing or editing
because why edit when you could procrastinate, I’ll be posting a NEW BLOG POST EVERY DAY IN JULY.
Yes, with the all caps. No, I’m not sorry for screaming. I need your help to stay accountable! Feel free to message me and send writing encouragements. Woot woot!
So… here’s post one:
What could possibly be as appealing as Anna Dewdney’s llamas? Anna Dewdney’s trucks!
The Big Rigs are working hard at the construction site when Little Excavator rolls up, eager to help. But Little Excavator isn’t big enough to CHUG CHUG CHUG! like the Dump Truck as it loads dirt to lug or MOUND MOUND MOUND! like the ‘Dozer as it pushes up the ground. Little Excavator wants to smooth out bumps and dig up dirt, but he is just too small. As Big Rigs around him WORK WORK WORK! they finally find a job that no other machine can do…except for Little Excavator!
My little boy absolutely loves this book! It rhymes, it has trucks, and he uses his toys to act out the story. I definitely recommend getting your hands on a copy for the little truck lover in your own life!
Anna Dewdney was a teacher, mother, and enthusiastic proponent of reading aloud to children. She continually honed her skills as an artist and writer and published her first Llama Llama book in 2005. Her passion for creating extended to home and garden and she lovingly restored an 18th century farmhouse in southern Vermont. She wrote, painted, gardened, and lived there with her partner, Reed, her two daughters, two wirehaired pointing griffons, and one bulldog. Anna passed away in 2016, but her spirit will live on in her books.
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Thus begins the story of Winnie’s parents’ divorce (sad though it was), of the arrangements that followed (three days a week with each parent, and Wednesdays to herself in a treehouse smack in between both of their houses), and of Winnie’s growing frustration with her lack of free time (due to her parents’ ceaseless efforts to make the most of the time they each had with her). It was just this frustration, which was caused by several weeks of missing out on activities with friends, of skipping homework, and of wishing she had time to create a story for the upcoming contest, that prompted Winnie to barricade herself in her treehouse and refuse to come out — an idea which her friends from Tulip Street Elementary found so appealing that they decided to join her. But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own agendas and demands, Winnie discovers that no one is happy with their status quo, and they’re counting on her to change it! What had she gotten herself into?
The kids have turned the tables on the parents, and all rules have been tossed out the window. But as Winnie quickly begins to realize, having a community she can count on is a good thing–and it makes her realize what it is she truly wants from her parents.