Welcome! Welcome, everyone! I’m so glad you are here because today we are going to be singing a Merry (because it’s a funny book) Happy Birthday to THE BATTLE OF THE BUTTS by talented author Jocelyn Rish and illustrated by the brilliant David Creighton-Pester. And it’s also a Merry post because Jocelyn stopped by to chat with us AND she’s offering a SIGNED COPY of the book as a Giveaway! WOW!
I’m definitely dancing for this book birthday! I remember seeing the manuscript early on from one of my CPs, the incredible Beth Anderson…and loving it! And I know you are going to love the finished product – it’s already gotten some GREAT reviews. So let’s sing a big Happy Book Birthday to:
Here’s a brief synopsis from the Amazon sales page:
Tad Lincoln’s restless wriggle just wouldn’t quit, much to the delight of his father, President Abraham Lincoln—if not so much to anybody else! This picture book brings to life the famous first son who coped with a disability and other challenges while showing compassion, intelligence, and wisdom beyond his years.
Tad Lincoln’s boundless energy annoyed almost everyone but his father, President Abraham Lincoln. But Tad put that energy to good use during the tough times of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln guided Tad’s wriggle on visits to hospitals, to the telegraph office, and to army camps. Tad greeted visitors, raised money for bandages, and kept his father company late into the night. This special and patient bond between father and son was plain to see, and before long, Tad had wriggled his way into the hearts of others as well. Beth Anderson and S.D. Schindler follow Tad’s antics during the Civil War to uncover the generous heart and joyful spirit that powered Tad’s restless wriggle.
The book has already received stellar reviews:
“Anderson’s lively text offers anecdotes along with insights into how Tad’s high-spirited escapades may have given Lincoln welcome relief from his weighty responsibilities. Created using ink, watercolor, and gouache, Schindler’s lively illustrations bring a lesser-known White House resident to life within a distinctive period setting. A vivid introduction to Tad Lincoln.” —Booklist
“Learn about the Lincoln family through the life of their youngest child… the story’s strength lies in its quiet depictions of Abraham Lincoln and his wry humor that many children’s history books ignore. The fine-lined and delicately colored illustrations capture the energy of the day and don’t sugarcoat the Whiteness of Lincoln’s world; most of the Black characters depicted are servants. Readers fascinated by this glimpse into Tad’s story will want to know more, and caregivers and educators will delight in the extensive bibliography and source notes that will aid that exploration. A lively glimpse into the Lincoln home.” —Kirkus Reviews
WHY I LOVE THIS BOOK:
I love how relatable this story is…kids will connect perfectly to young Tad’s restless wriggle!
I love this portrait of Lincoln as a caring hands-on dad!
The illustrations are in perfect harmony with the text and will keep the reader turning the pages!
I love that the author managed to combine heart with humor!
Dear friends, please remember that the best way to thank an author for a book that you love is to buy the book, review the book, tell friends about the book, and ask your library to purchase copies of the book.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of TAD LINCOLN’S RESTLESS WRIGGLE: Pandemonium and Patience in the President’s House…and please share on social media…it’s a wonderful way to spread the word about great books…and it earns you extra tickets in the giveaway hat.