Linda Ashman is a favorite in our house. My kids ask for her books by author rather than title. She is one of the first picture book authors I got to know well here in Colorado, and how lucky I am for that! Besides being a friend, she is also an award-winning author of more than two dozen children’s books, and a master of rhyme. Linda’s books should be on your “must read” list if you ever plan to write in rhyme.
We’re here today celebrating three things. First, the fact that Linda has had three (yes three) books released in the last three months. Second, we are giving away signed copies of two of those books (details below). Third, Linda will back tomorrow to breathe new life into the How I Got My Agent series for picture book writers with an added bonus – her agent Jennifer Mattson will be with her!!! Now onto the goodies – the books!
Samantha on a Roll, Margaret Ferguson Books/FSG, October 2011: Poor Samantha wants to try out her new skates, but Mama’s too busy to help her. I’m pretty sure every child can relate to that scenario. What’s a girl to do? Sneak out and try them herself of course! Hilarity ensues as the story takes on fantastical proportions that kept my kids on the edge of their seats. My youngest literally let out a sigh when we reached the immensely satisfying ending. I think he’d been holding his breath. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Kirkus gave it a starred review, saying, “Things get a bit dicey when plucky Samantha experiments with her new roller skates in one frightening, hilarious inaugural “roll” through town.” And the School Library Journal said, “The rhyming text makes this delightful story tons of fun to read aloud.” Too true.
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Colorado, Sterling, October 2011: I’ve seen books in the Twelve Days series but hadn’t picked one up until now. What a joy! Of course the format follows the song, replacing the traditional version with all things Colorado. But the best part is the letters the little girl is writing home about her stay, which include many golden nuggets about Colorado’s history, landmarks, and vast recreational opportunities. This book is perfect for my daughter (3rd grade) who is studying Colorado facts and history right now. It’s way more fun to learn about the state bird (lark bunting), state tree (blue spruce), etc. reading this fun book than studying a list of facts on a sheet of paper that she got at school. I’ve fallen in love with Colorado all over again – what’s not to love? – as a result of this beautiful book.
No Dogs Allowed! Sterling, August 2011: I must admit that while I love all of Linda’s books, I’m partial to the ones with animals – especially dogs. In this nearly wordless book, a cafe owner turns away a boy who wants to come in with his dog. In order to prevent others from attempting the same, our cafe owner writes – NO DOGS ALLOWED! on his menu board. Our poor owner, however, gets stumped as more and more customers arrive with more and more outrageous pets. Eventually, the boy with the dog arrives at a solution which leads to a heartwarming ending. My son has carried this book with him everywhere since we got it. He loves that he can “read” the story all by himself because the story is told primarily in the illustrations. As a writer, I am amazed by Linda’s ability to write a wordless book when she is not an illustrator. She’s gotten so many questions about how to do that she’s kindly a near-final version of the manuscript on her website.
Linda is kindly giving away one personalized signed copy each of SAMANTHA ON A ROLL and NO DOGS ALLOWED. You must be a follower of the blog to enter (new followers welcome!). Here are the ways you can enter:
- Leave a comment on this post. Be sure to say which book you’d prefer if you win. – 1 point
- Tweet this post (include link in your comment) – 1 point
- Like this post on Facebook (include link) – 1 point
- Blog about the contest (include link) – 2 points
- Come back tomorrow and earn all these same points by commenting on Linda’s How I Got My Agent post.
I will be running the contest all week, and will announce the winners next Monday, October 10th.Categories: Authors, Children's Books, Giveaway, How I Got My Agent, Picture Books, Publishing, Rhyming, Writing · Tags: Authors, Children's Books, Giveaway, Linda Ashman, Picture Books, Publishing, Rhyming, Wordless Picture Books