Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. The days are getting shorter, the temps are getting colder…and we are getting closer to a holiday that used to be a huge favorite with my kids: HALLOWEEN. They loved dressing up, they loved staying up later, and most of all, they loved the – CANDY! Of course, I always tried to make healthy snacks to give out when kids came trick-or-treating…but that stopped when we had that scare in the fall of 1982 and we were checking our kid’s candy and only giving out stuff that was sealed. And I cannot tell a lie…even before that I would confiscate their trick-or-treat bags and dole out one piece a day…first of all because I didn’t want them eating too much…and second of all, because I was a lover of candy and would pull out the York Peppermint Patties (remember those?) which were my favorite. These days, I love Twix and KitKats – my grandson is a sweetheart and always shares those with me. And now, finally, let’s meet our Perfect Picture Book, HAPPY OWL-OWEEN! A Halloween Story by the lovely Laura Gehl who is offering a giveaway of a brand new copy…please make sure you leave a comment. Maybe you can tell us what your favorite candy is. Or maybe you can share what character you had the most fun dressing up as.
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! And guess what? It’s also Happy International Dance Day! Isn’t this the perfect day to feature this beautiful new book from one of our kid lit community’s most beloved mentors, Lyrical Language Lab guru Renee LaTulippe. And when you are finished reading this post, please make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway because one lucky winner will receive a copy of THE CRAB BALLET, thanks to the lovely Renee.
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I always love turning the spotlight on new books…and today’s book is definitely a NEW book because today is the LAUNCH DAY of LARRY’S LATKES by the amazing Jenna Waldman. That means we get to sing HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to YOU!!! And, even though it is the book’s birthday, the lovely Jenna is giving one lucky person a present…the winner of today’s giveaway can choose either a copy of the book OR a picture book critique OR a Zoom Chat…WOW!!!!
Written by Jenna Waldman
Illustrated by Ben Whitehouse
Published by Apples and Honey Press (October 1, 2021)
Themes: Hanukkah, animals, humor
Synopsis: From Amazon: Everyone knows that Big Larry makes the best latkes in town. This year he is throwing a Hanukkah party for all this friends, and the latkes need to be extra special. So he goes on a quest to find some brand\-new flavors. But peaches are a soggy mess, and turnips are a flop. Big Larry’s kitchen is a latke disaster. Good thing he has some help from his friends.
Jenna Waldman brings her joyful rhymes and a friendly alligator to Hanukkah, helped by a sweet menagerie created by Ben Whitehouse.
Why I love this book:
Amazingly hilarious text in a fabulous read-aloud rhyme
Super-cool illustrations with just the right infusion of goofy to delight young kids
And I love stories for children where the main character learns to try something new!
I also love when authors stop by to chat. Jenna was kind enough to share a bit of the story behind the story. WELCOME JENNA!!!!
JENNA: Thanks so much, Vivian, for helping to celebrate the launch of LARRY’S LATKES. Here’s a little bit of the background of how the book came to be.
In 2018, I wrote an entry for Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest. Three years later—it’s having it’s Book Birthday! Sharkbot Shalom may have come out first, but Larry’s Latkes is my first sale, and I’m feeling extra emotional with its release. When I signed the contract for Larry’s Latkes, it was Thanksgiving 2019, and we were visiting my family in Portland, OR. We were all blissfully unaware of what was going to happen in early 2020. I’m grateful to have had books to work on during the pandemic, and latke recipes to perfect—a welcome (and delicious) distraction. At moments when I was feeling overwhelmed by distance learning failures, or fears for the future, I could look at Ben Whitehouse’s art and feel joyful again. (I mean, a flamingo, rhinoceros, and a goat eating latkes at a food truck run by an alligator at a farmer’s market?!) I’m hoping that this book can help bring joy to its readers too!
I’m sure it will, Jenna. And now, dear readers, if you’d like to learn more about Jenna and her books or connect with her or order a signed copy of her books: Twitter: @SarafinaDesignWebsite: www.jennawaldman.comIG: jennawaldmanauthor For singed copies (ask for signature in comments): https://www.booksinc.net/book/9781681155654