Perfect Picture Book Friday: SECRET SECRET AGENT GUY Plus PB Critique Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I’m so excited to turn the spotlight on this new book written by the talented Kira Bigwood and illustrated by the wonderful Celia Krampien. And please make sure you leave a comment because Kira is providing an amazing opportunity for all of you writers…a Picture Book Critique Giveaway!

SECRET SECRET AGENT GUY

Written by Kira Bigwood

Illustrrated by Celia Krampien

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Bedtime, girl power, humor

Synopsis from Amazon:

Send little spies to sleep with this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek lullaby set to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Dear Fellow Agents:

Your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to join Secret, Secret Agent Guy on his bedtime assignment, code name: Operation Lollipop. Equipped with night-vision goggles, a jetpack, and grappling hook, he is prepared for every eventuality…or is he?

Will this 007-year-old complete his covert quest, or will he be outsmarted by an adversary he never saw coming?

Why I love this book:

  1. Clever, clever, clever rhyme – a great read-aloud!
  2. Awesome illustrations that really give the reader a sense of movement and drama!
  3. Filled with heart and humor – always my favorite combination for a picture book!

This book has received STARRED reviews:

From School Library Journal: VERDICT This is a bull’s-eye for imaginative children, and the singalong text invites participation at all ages.

From Kirkus: Absolutely charming—no subterfuge about that.

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

Photo courtesy: https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/spy-activities-for-kids/

Here’s a link to a bunch of awesome spy-related activities for your little secret agents: https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/spy-activities-for-kids/

Please make sure you leave a comment – maybe you can tell us if you ever played secret agent when you were a kid. We’ll be picking one name by Random.org to win the Picture Book Manuscript Critique that Kira is donating as a super giveaway! And don’t forget that the best way to thank an author for writing a book that you love is to buy the book, review the book, tell friends about the book, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: MY SCHOOL STINKS Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. Kids often complain about their school. They don’t like the teacher. Their best friend isn’t in their class. And the work is too hard or too boring. The pandemic didn’t help matters – going to school with a mask or attending remotely was definitely a challenge for kids as well as parents and teachers. But it’s Becky Scharnhorst to the rescue with this hilarious new book about a school where the challenges are WILD! And the lovely Becky is offering a super cool giveaway: a copy of this awesome book or a picture book critique – winner’s choice! Make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway.

MY SCHOOL STINKS

Written by Becky Scharnhorst

Illustrated by Julia Patton

Published by Philomel (July 6, 2021)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: First day of school, humor, SEL

Synopsis: From Amazon:


A hilarious back-to-school story told through journal entries about a boy who finds himself at a new school where the other students are REAL animals. Perfect for fans of Ryan T. Higgins’s We Don’t Eat Our Classmates and Elise Parsley’s If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!

Dear Diary,

Today is the first day at my new school and I think there’s been a mistake. My desk mate stinks, my locker buddy bites, and my teacher is unbearable! I told Mom my classmates are WILD ANIMALS but she said all little kids are wild animals. I think I’m going to be sick tomorrow.

Celebrate back to school (and even calm some back-to-school nerves) with this clever and funny story about a boy who accidentally winds up at a school for animals, but soon realizes friends can come in all shapes, sizes, and species. A great read for kindergarten through second grade!

Praise for My School Stinks!:

“Along with being a good choice for children anxious about their own upcoming “first day,” this offers a nifty exercise in reading between the lines.”–Booklist

“An encouraging new-kid narrative told from an entertaining perspective.” —Publishers Weekly

“Just might convince complaining children that their school isn’t so bad after all.”–Kirkus reviews

Why I LOVE This Book:

  1. Funny! Funny! And more funny! Humor leaps off the pages.
  2. The illustrations are fabulous – engaging…and…FUNNY!
  3. I love the turnaround at the end…the story is so clever…what a great lens to view a school experience. And I love the diary approach – it really connected me with the main character.

RELATED ACTIVITIES

Animal Bookmarks

I hope everyone is set to have a wonderful weekend. I’m leaving tomorrow for a week at an Air B&B on Lake Winnipesaukee – looking forward to doing lots of writing – and I’m also participating in Nerd Camp PA…are you signed up? It’s on July 15 and it’s for educators and librarians and parents and students. It’s all about literacy and encouraging kids to love books – to find topics that rock their boats and then discover books that can help them learn more – to find books where they are validated because they see themselves – to find books that are a window to the wider world so they can connect with other cultures. There are dozens of awesome author/illustrator panels – my panel is speaking about Using Picture Books to Inspire Self-Advocacy and Student-Led Learning.

nErD Camp PA is being held via Zoom from 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM EST on Thursday, July 15th.Here is the link to register:https://tinyurl.com/21nerdPAreg

  And please remember to leave a comment to be entered in the SUPER AWESOME Giveaway – the winner will choose either a copy of MY SCHOOL STINKS or a picture book critique from the fabulous Becky Scharnhorst. Maybe you can share what YOUR biggest challenge was in elementary school. Plus, don’t forget the the best way we can thank our favorite authors is to buy their books, review their books, tell friends about their books, and ask local libraries to purchase copies…also, if your library already has copies of the book, borrow it! When there isn’t activity for a book, the library might not keep it on the shelves.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE STALKING SEAGULLS Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! The warmer weather reminds me of many happy summer days spent on the beach at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York where I grew up. And thinking of the beach reminds me of many snacks lost to marauding seagulls! When I saw this new book by the lovely Michelle Vattula, I knew I wanted to share it with you.

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