Thursday, November 22, 2007

Parents' Choice Award!

We're celebrating here at the coop! Why, you ask?

Well, it could be that brand new feather drier we bought to keep our little yellow selves all fluffy. But it's not!

It could be the new shipment of bean dip and guacamole we are going to snarf down for our Thanksgiving dinner! But it's not!

No, here at the coop, we are celebrating because one of our books has just won a Parents' Choice Silver honor award! Hurray!

Andrea's book, IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT is one of the 2007 winners! You can learn more about it at the Parents' Choice website! Congrats to Andrea and to Iggy's amazing illustrator, David Roberts!

For more info about IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT, chick out Andrea's website!

Guacamole all around!!!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

In The Coop with Tom Lichtenheld

Have you met Tom? He's a swell guy who writes and illustrates even sweller books. (We're not sure if there is a word "sweller," but we think there should be, just for Tom.) Some of our favorites include Everything I Know About Pirates, What Are You So Grumpy About?, and What's With This Room?

Tom is not afraid to mention boogers or poo in his books. We like that in a person.

Check out his website,

If you could live in one of your books, which one would you choose?

“What Are YOU So Grumpy About” because I like being around kids who are just a teeny bit grumpy for a not-very-good reason. That way I have excuse to act goofy so I can cheer them up. If I’m goofy enough, their mood changes and they laugh at me and themselves and they’ve got all the Grumpies out of their system for the day, then we can REALLY have some fun.

Do you prefer the Marx Bros or Three Stooges?
The Marx Brothers, because their characters are more diverse; from Goucho, whose humor was verbal, to Harpo, whose humor was all expressions and sight gags. I also like the way they poked fun at high society.

What was your best Halloween costume ever?

I cut a hole in a table, stuck my head through it and went as the centerpiece. The table was all set and I had flowers in my hair. Very Martha Stewart.

What is your Dream Job for a Day?

Race car driver. I got to drive fast cars on a race track recently and it was unbelievable fun.

Clown V. Mime Deathmatch. Pick your winner.
Clown, definitely. Because everything a mime does is pretend, so they can’t really hit or poke or bite or do anything that would hurt the clown. A clown on the other hand, always has good props that can be used as weapons; like a big horn, a unicycle or a Chihuahua. If nothing else, the clown could get in his little car and just run over the mime. What’s the mime going to do….call for help?

Funniest dead person you'd like to meet?

Mark Twain, who once said, “Outside of dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Now that’s funny.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Beauty and the Beaks

Beauty and the Beaks - A Turkey's Cautionary Tale
MJ and Herm Auch
Holiday House, Inc.
ISBN-13: 9780823419906

This is a public service announcement to all our fine, feathered friends. Thanksgiving is coming! And you know what that means . . .

It's that time of year, once more, when tables across the land will be heaped high with dishes of mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, green bean casseroles, stuffing, and you-know-what.

Let's face it. If you are a turkey, this time of year, your goose is cooked. Especially if you are a conceited, braggart of a turkey like Lance in the new picture book BEAUTY AND THE BEAKS by MJ and Herm Auch.

Lance hasn't quite figured out that he is THE guest of honor for the Thanksgiving feast. When Beauty, the flying hen who runs the Chic Hen beauty parlor, informs lance that he's going to be stuffed with chestnuts at the feast, he responds, "Chestnuts? Yum!" (It seems that Lance is one egg short of an omelette, if you know what we mean.)

With determination, a new wardrobe, a complete facial, and a heavy-duty pair of tweezers, Beauty and company help Lance discover his inner chicken and survive the season.

This is a very funny (and punny) book full of great characters and amazing illustrations. Using hand-crafted chicken mannequins created from felt wool, yarn, polymer clay, and talent, MJ & Herm create and photograph a cast of fun and funky chickens and one fabulously freaked-out turkey.

This cautionary tale is a great story for any turkey wondering, "Wattle I do?" when Thanksgiving rolls around. Oh, and it's great for kids and their grown-ups too!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Quick Chick Picks: Thanksgiving

Let's face it: Thanksgiving can be stressful for a chick. Not only must you dine WITH your fowl relations, but you must dine UPON one as well. And if that's not enough to unglue you, there's the dreaded "day after" when you can't help but gaze upon your tail feather region and contemplate the wicked 1:1 ratio of stuffing consumed to the stuffing now heaped in your trunk.

Here in the coop we have two coping mechanisms to deal with Turkey Trouble:

1. Skip town and head to Vegas; or

2. Laugh your way through it (nervous laughter is better than no laughter at all).

Herewith, some book recommendations to help you with that last part:

Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy, by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Frank Ansley, Atheneum, ISBN 978-0689847615. Young Runt hatches a grade-A plan to save his feather-brained sibling from the carving knife.

The Ugly Pumpkin
, by Dave Horowitz, Putnam, ISBN 0399242678. An ugly duckling story with a hilarious twist and a perfect Thanksgiving message.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
, by Alison Jackson, illustrated by Judith Byron Schachner, Dutton, ISBN 978-0525456452. A cautionary tale for the overly ambitious eaters among us.

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
, by Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, ISBN 978-0531059050. Classic Dav Pilkey. Need we say more?

Run, Turkey, Run!
, by Diane Mayr, illustrated by Laura Rader, Walker Books, ISBN 978-0802796301. A fun read-aloud with a happy, grilled-cheese sandwich ending sure to please vegetarians and turkey lovers alike!

Monday, November 05, 2007

How To Be a Baby by Me, The Big Sister

How To Be A Baby by Me, the Big Sister
by Sally Lloyd-Jones

illustrated by Sue Heap
Schwartz and Wade Books, 2007
ISBN 978-0375838439

You know, we always thought it might be sort of, well, fun to be a baby. We love the idea of lots of napping and people making funny faces at us all the time. But Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap set us straight. As it turns out, being a baby isn't really very fun at all! After all, babies don't have long princess hair. They don't read books, they eat them. They can't run or hop or use scissors. And then there's that whole diaper thing. That can't be good.

The main character in this charming book gives us plenty of good reasons why being the older sister is a better deal than being the baby. And she sure convinced us! Lloyd-Jones has created a thoroughly believable main character here who is both sassy and sweet. Fans of the book 17 Things I'm Not Allowed To Do Anymore should check this book out, too. The illustrations are fresh and cheerful and reflect the main character perfectly. The childlike text and illustrations meld so well we can't imagine one without the other.

But we still think that lots of napping might not be such a bad thing...