I had a great time at MAIN STREET BOOKS in St. Charles, Missouri today, signing copies of HAMSTER HOLIDAYS as well as DOGGIE DAY CAMP, KITTY KERPLUNKING (also from the Pet Grammar Parade series) and GIFTS FROM GOD as well.
My local groupies included my brother Frank, my neice Amy and her daughter Avery. Here’s a picture of Avery saying “hello” to Bubba the dog from DOGGIE DAY CAMP.
And what a great audience I had to share Bubba’s adventures with. The children all puffed some silly snores just like Bubba. And howled a noisy song just like Bubba. And they played Bubba Says to learn about verbs and adverbs. It was an incredible adventure all around.
Bubba and I were asked to come back again. We can’t wait!
Heidi Strawser, an E-book reviewer for the Schoolhouse Store and a Marketing Assistant for Old Schoolhouse magazine and a homeschooling mom, had this to say about DOGGIE DAY CAMP at Take Root and Write– Reviews by, Heidi:
Doggie Day Camp: Verb and Adverb Adventures is part of a series of books that Cynthia is writing called “Pet Grammar Parade”. This book not only contains a cute little story about a dog named Bubba, but it’s also a very educational book. As a homeschooling mother, these are the types of books I enjoy!
At the beginning of Doggy Day Camp, Cynthia explains what verbs and adverbs are. Verbs are explained in blue and adverbs in red. Then, throughout the book, every time a verb or adverb is used, it is written in that same color, for easy recognition and identification. Kids won’t even realize that they are learning, but their brain will be putting the colors together with the parts of speech, and they’ll be learning in a fun way!
After the story, there is more explanation (a “study guide”) on verbs and adverbs and their usage.The book also contains 6 worksheet-style activities (such as word search, fill-in-the-blank, and scrambled words). And, the best part for parents – the answer key!
To read all of the review, click here.
“Adorable story and illustrations,” said one experienced teacher, and so it is. But shy Bubba —who looks a lot like a schnoodle—also conveys information to beginning readers.
As part of author Cynthia Reeg’s Pet Grammar Parade Series, he discovers verbs and adverbs at doggie day camp, as well as new friends and activities.
Children who have recently started school and often attend day camps during the summer should have no trouble identifying with Bubba, and primary teachers will welcome a warm and funny way to begin study of grammar.
Editor, HeartLand Boating, and children’s writer
A couple cool happenings for me lately:
- On May 7, my blog was the FEATURED CHILDREN’S LIT BLOG on Children’s Writing Update (the incredible newsletter for children’s writers from the publishers of Children’s Book Insider.) Here is what they had to say: In the past couple of years, there’s been an explosion in wonderful blogs about children’s books and the writing process. Now, in each issue of the Update, we’ll profile a unique and helpful blog.
This issue, we highlight an excellent example of an author’s blog. Children’s writer Cynthia Reeg discusses the craft of writing, her favorite books and useful tidbits for aspiring authors at her online journal. Thanks, Jon & Laura! You truly brought rays of sunshine to my otherwise supremely, soggy Wednesday.
- On May 9, while attending the end-of-year OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring luncheon, Carol Ottsen–the local director of the program–asked when my next picture book in THE PET GRAMMAR PARADE series was coming out. She told me how well KITTY KERPLUNKING: PREPOSITION FUN has been enjoyed by the tutors and children. So I was happy to inform her that the next book in the series, DOGGIE DAY CAMP: VERB & ADVERB ADVENTURES is already being illustrated by Kit Grady.
So now you know as well!