Summer Puzzle

Wow! This summer is zipping by. We’ve had special family celebrations, a bit of travel, some company, and lots of big summer projects. I’ll bet you’ve been up to fun stuff as well.

One of the great books I’ve read this summer is Jody Feldman’s THE SEVENTH LEVEL. The main character in the book, Travis, has to solve some tricky puzzles to reach the seventh level. I did pretty well as I tried to solve all of Travis’s puzzles along with him.

I’ve become hooked on the JUMBLES puzzles in our newspaper each day. The JUMBLES are mixed up letters in a word–much like the puzzles in each of my PET GRAMMAR PARADE books. But in the JUMBLES puzzles, you not only need to unscramble the letters. You must also use the circled letters to create the answer to a question.

Do you want to try one?

OK–1. Unscramble the letters in each of the four words below.
2. Use the circled letters from each of the four unscrambled words to form the answer to this riddle:

When all the numbers from ONE to TEN had a race, Number SEVEN won. In the race she was __ __ __ __ __ __
__ __ __.

March Adventures

Poet, Kenn Nesbitt, has a fun mobile poetry site you can enjoy wherever you are. Using a iPhone, Blackberry, or other mobile web brower, type in this link: You’ll be able to read and hear Kenn’s silly poetry. You can also visit his online site:

Can you write your own silly poem? Why not give it a try. I bet you’ll be surprised with the results.

If you enjoy puzzles, challenge yourself to HIGHLIGHTS March Hidden Picture Puzzle. Can you find all the hidden pictures?

Have fun!


It’s been a busy summer already. Just returned from an international trip–I’ll share some photos later. But I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to tell you the good news.

HAMSTER HOLIDAYS: Noun and Adjective Adventures–the next book in my Pet Grammar Parade Series is nearly here. 
As you can see from the cover, illustrator Kit Grady has brought to life these adorable and entertaining hamster characters in her own wonderful, colorful style. 
You’ll meet Grandpa and Babe, Carlos and Jenni, Billy–who’s rather silly, and Lotty–who is decidedly spotty.
You can join them through a year of hare-brained holidays–sure to make you giggle. Nouns and adjectives are highlighted throughout the book. A study guide, activity sheet, and multiple puzzles are included.
HAMSTER HOLIDAYS is coming very soon in both eBook and print formats from Guardian Angel Publishing.


Holly has been celebrating, as you can see. Hope you have a great day.
Highlights Magazine has some great St. Pat’s Day fun. Here is a link to their Hidden Picture.  And this link will help you create and play the HAT O’ GOLD Game.
Don’t forget to try writing your own Limerick. You’ll probably want to try it on the Shamrock at Limerick Fun.  Or maybe the Leprechaun Puzzle–all of those treats are right here on my website.
May the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

January Highlights Fun

HIGHLIGHTS magazine online has tons of fun of kids this month. You can download the Hidden Picture, “First Snow,” and try to find all the hidden items. 

there are crafts, puzzles, stories, poetry and more. 
Or you may want to try a couple of the puzzles on my website.
Analog Puzzle 1 and Analog Puzzle 2 are word puzzles similar to crossword puzzles.
After you try these two, see if you can make up one of your own!