Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Where ARE those chicks?

No, we're not hiding from you. We're still here, just not HERE...
on Blogger that is.

Due to our busy schedules creating new books for kids, as well as visiting dozens of schools and libraries around Illinois and beyond, we are no longer able to review books on this blog. Yes, we are sad about this.

However! We do hope you will join our Facebook community (see the sidebar for a link), where we will be regularly posting news and updates and other silly stuff, including occasional shout-outs about what's new in the world of funny books for kids. We hope to see you there.

If you are a teacher, librarian, or other wonderful person who works with kids, we would love to visit your school or organization. All three chicks offer a variety of presentations and workshops designed to inspire kids to read, write, and laugh. For more information, click on our names below to check out our author visit information:

We silly chicks love hanging out together, so let us know if you'd like 2 of us or even all 3 of us to visit your school or organization. (Heck, we might even throw in a discount and some Three Silly Chicks swag to sweeten the deal!)

See you on Facebook!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What's news with the Three Silly Chicks?

Greetings Friends!

Some of you might be asking, "Hey! What's up with the Three Silly Chicks?"

Others of you might be thinking, "Hey! What have they been doing lately?"
And, of course, all of you are wondering, "Hey! Why do people keep letting M. Night Shyamalan-a-ding-dong make movies?" Really! It's just wrong! Nothing good can come from it!

Sadly, we can not answer the third question. It remains an eternal mystery.
But we can answer the other questions. We have been taking a hiatus from blogging to do that other thing we love. No, not eating bean dip. Though we have been doing that, too.
No, folks, we're talking about writing. We have been very, very busy creating some fantastic new books and have lots more coming down the pike! (Pikes are handy fish, aren't they?)

So here they are. Our recent books. And, we'll have more soon about our upcoming books.

Just click on the covers to find out more!

More later!!!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Who Said Coo?

Who Said Coo?
by Deborah Ruddell
Illustrated by Robin Luebs
Beach Lane Books
ISBN: 978-1-4169-8510-5

What is it?
WHO SAID COO? is a lovely bedtime book about a very sleepy pig who can't catch a break. Every time Lulu tries to get to sleep, someone makes a noise. Coo! Whoo! Mooo! Lulu gets grumpier and grumpier until she discovers that her friends Pigeon and Owl are behind the racket.

What do we love about it?
We love the elegant rhyme, the unexpected storyline and the soft illustrations. This book makes us feel cozy and sleepy and ready for bed without boring us to death.

What does it remind us of?
WHO SAID COO? reminds us that we need to take a nap. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

What do we say about it?
WHO SAID COO? is a lovely book about friendship, getting grumpy, getting un-grumpy, and getting to sleep.

Monday, July 19, 2010

In the Coop with Jeanie Franz Ransom

Jeanie Franz Ransom in her own words: I'm a children's author who speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences about the writing life. I'm also a part-time counselor and full-time Starbucks coffee geek. I have one wonderful husband, three fantastic sons, and two quirky but highly entertaining Shelties. I live near St. Louis, Missouri, but will travel anywhere I'm invited.

My website: www.jeanieransom.com

Blogs: www.jeanieransom.com/blog


First act as Dictator for Life?

Build me a Starbucks. In my backyard. Open 24/7.

What kids lit character would you like to vote off the island?

Harry Potter.

What kids lit character would you share your last twinkie with?

Trixie Belden (One of my favorite childhood book characters.)

What TV family would you like to be adopted by?

Lassie's family.

Worst job in the universe?

Anything involving math.

Dream job for a day?

Magazine editor.

Marx Brothers or Three Stooges?

Three Stooges.

Clown V. Mime Deathmatch. Pick your winner.

It'd be a tie. Definitely.

Funniest dead person you’d like to meet?

Gilda Radner.

Best use for a book shaped object? (You know, one of those things sold as books but which should never ever have been published.)

Butt cushion.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown
by Daniel H. Wilson

Bloomsbury USA

**This review has been provided by 14-year-old guest blogger Kyle, since we peaceful chicks would never ever EVER participate in violent shenanigans against our beloved siblings. (Heh heh.)

What is it?
A complete guide to mastering the art of sibling torture.

What do we love about it?
The variety of funny detailed moves to establish dominance in the household, such as "The Terminator" and the "Chicken Wing." Also, Daniel H. Wilson completely nails the mentality of the love-hate relationships between warring siblings. Adult readers will enjoy
reminiscing about the epic Bro-Jitsu Wars of their childhood. Check out this sneak peek on youtube.

What does it remind us of?
About five minutes ago when I put my little brother in a headlock.

What is it perfect for?
Any kid who wants to get a one-up on their siblings. Or any parent who wants to know how their youngest child ends up with so many bruises.

What do we say about it?
Bro-Jitsu is a kickbutt book with funny moves anyone can enjoy!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

In the Coop with Dr. Cuthbert Soup

In the Coop with Dr. Cuthbert Soup

One of our very favorite books this year is A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup. It's the hilarious story of inventor Ethan Cheeseman and his three "smart, polite, and relatively odor-free" children. The family is on the run from thugs from various government agencies as well as some other nefarious mean guys and gals. These baddies are after a time travel invention the family hopes will help them bring back Mrs. Cheeseman who quite inconveniently kicked the bucket. Okay, so that's the plot, but it's completely unimportant. What is important is how fantastically funny this novel is. So read it already!!!

We'd like to welcome Dr. Cuthbert Soup to the Coop. And yes, we love how that rhymes!


Any bio info you'd like to share?

I have a Ph.D. in unsolicited advice from Southwestern North Dakota State University and I am the founder, president and vice-president of the National Center for Unsolicited Advice.

I live with my dog, Kevin, and my two pet snails, Gooey and Squishy, who just finished first and second in this year’s Iron Snail competition.

First act as Dictator for Life?

Serious jail time for supermarket express lane violators.

What kids lit character would you like to vote off the island?

Wait a minute here. Is this a set up? If I vote for the “wrong” one, will wingnuts call me a communist and throw bricks through my windows?

Kids lit character with whom you would you share your last twinkie?

As long as Augustus Gloop is around I don’t believe I’d have much choice in the matter and I don’t think it would be considered sharing.

What TV family would you like to be adopted by?

I’m way ahead of you. I’ve already been adopted by the Partridge Family, who needed a trombone player for their upcoming reunion tour. Little do they know the only song I can play is “Ta daaaa!”

Worst job in the universe?

I have had some of worst jobs in the universe, including working as a smoke detector at the mall. And I still suffer from severe knuckle damage from my two-year stint selling hearing aids door to door.

Dream job for a day?

Product tester at an inflatable bouncy castle factory.

Marx Brothers or Three Stooges?

Three Stooges and only because in Spanish they are Tres Estupidos, which I think you will find, is muy fun to say.

Clown V. Mime Deathmatch. Pick your winner.

If you’d ever been kicked in the groin by one of those giant clown shoes you wouldn’t have to ask.

Funniest dead person you'd like to meet?

I generally find dead people to be rather dull and unfunny, though to their credit, most are excellent listeners. That said, I would love to meet the late great Mel Blanc.

Best use for a book shaped object? (You know, one of those things sold as books but which should never ever have been published.)

Anyone with a three-legged couch knows the answer to this question. Also, when hurled from second story windows, they act as an excellent deterrent to solicitors.

Links to online interviews or other bio info...

Author’s Revealed interview with Becky Anderson can be found at - http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1132198045158

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Potty Animals

Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go
Written by Hope Vestergaard, illustrated by Valeria Petrone Sterling Press
ISBN 9781402759963

What is it?

A poetry book! A funny book! A book about bathroom etiquette! This book has it all! Each poem covers an aspect of bad potty behavior-- from not flushing to leaving the door open-- using adorable preschool critters.

What do we love about it?

How it manages to discuss proper etiquette while being fun at the same time. Our favorite poem is about Helga, who is a lollygagger:

Sometimes she's having daydreams
sometimes she's reading books

Sometimes she's at the mirror
perfecting funny looks.

We do that too, Helga!

What does it remind us of?

That perhaps we've had one too many cups of coffee...

What is it perfect for?

Give this to anyone who is learning how to be a good potty animal. We actually think most teenage boys could use it. Put it in a conspicuous reading spot. Hmmm...now where might that be?

What do we say about it?

We give it five flushes!