Sunday, September 27, 2009

Telling Tales Out Of School

Perhaps you’ve heard of me. Yes, that's right, I was the poet laureate of Mrs. Fletcher's fifth grade class. But I can’t rest on that laurel forever; frankly, that laurel hasn’t looked so perky for several decades now, what with my sitting on it so often and all.

When it comes to productivity, perhaps I should take a leaf from Maureen Hume. And her book. Her newly published book. The Pizza Gang: Facing the Witch is a really fun kid's lit mystery with strong female characters.

I’m not shilling for Maureen, I just like her and we correspond and share some interests. Oh, and if I can casually drop an exotic place name here, she and her husband live in Tasmania, where she grew up on a sheep farm. I hope she writes that story too.

Some of my neighborhood friends gave The Pizza Gang a test drive. Here’s their review:






27 comments:

  1. Did you borrow these sweet kids from Petrea's 'hood for your photo shoot?!

    KB, you wood have to mention Pizza. We were all set to eat something else!

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  2. Of course you can keep your cap.

    It’s a nice cap and I will never take it away!

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  3. Wheeeee! A tiara! I still have my tiara (metal, with little seashells) from kidhood. (I know what you're thinking, you don't have to say it.) Your friends obviously like the book. They couldn't put it down.

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  4. That visual review is priceless!

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  5. What lovely girls, I think it's three thumbs up.

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  6. Children read? All is well with the world.

    GG

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  7. Three REALLY BIG cheers for positive, strong female characters!! That's always good news.

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  8. I love the way girls huddle. And Tasmania is on my bucket list.

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  9. Oh I wish I could have had this book to read to my third graders. I loved "read aloud" time the very best. It was ALWAYS right after lunch because that 's when Mrs. Snuggs and Mrs. Mason always read aloud to us. BTW, KB, I have one you need to read. "A Dog's Life, Diary of a Stray". Get out the Kleenex. I read it my last year of teaching. I had to stop right in middle because I was going to lose it big time. I read ahead and the next day was able to finish. Behold the power of the written word!

    Bravo for these photos that evoked such emotions in all of us.

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  10. Pardon,
    It's " A Dog's Life, Autobiography of a Stray" by Ann M. Martin.
    V

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  11. These pictures are so great; you've undoubtedly made the author's day.

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  12. You got that one right, South of USA, Virg!

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  13. They're special, aren't they? You couldn't take a bad picture of these three if you tried.

    Books will always be magic to me because I met them at such a young age. I can still hear Huck Finn as read by my father -- the southern dialect filtered through a strong Norwegian accent.

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  14. CO,
    THe welcome mat's out for you too. When you come, bring Albert and/or Phoebe with you ! :) The light's still on.
    V

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  15. Thank you so much Karin. You're a true gem! I'm definitely printing and framing this review.
    Maureen Hume. www.thepizzagang.com

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  16. Maureen Hume's Amazon bio says she grew up on a Tasmanian sheep farm without ... gasp... television. That would be quite a story.

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  17. Yay, Maureen ~ yay, Tassie ~ yay sheep, fudge, cheese and wine, not necessarily in that order! And I love your original take on book reviewing, Hiker.

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  18. They look a high-brow, discriminating bunch. Good thing Mencken's dead -- they'd be gunning for his job. Best of luck to Maureen and her book! What a wonderful accomplishment.

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  19. Nothing wrong with "shilling" for friends. I consider it a form of loyalty.

    A girlfriend of mine works as a Barbie stylist over at Matel in El Sugundo. She's convinced girls the world over are genetically wired to be attracted to purple and pink.

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  20. Thanks for the recommendation - looks like fun to be your neighbor!

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  21. I love how they shared reading and tiara wearing duty.

    My only tiara was made from dog biscuits, and Betty found it and ate it. I'll have to borrow Petrea's.

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  22. Susan, I remember that tiara!

    And PA, I'm with you. Shilling for friends is a very good thing.

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  23. Shell you have your priorities straight. Linda's right, Tassie is definitely bucket list material.

    Like P, I too remember your dogbone tiara, Susan. I never had a tiara, but was wearing pink just as I read PA's comment.

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  24. Ha! Best (and cutest) book review I've EVER seen. A sure winner.

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  25. The photos are great! The book sounds super! I will read it soon (sometimes I am still a YA reader). But first, a tiara out of dog biscuits? More info, please!

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  26. Wonderful shots of these precious girls...you captured the innocence of their youth beautifully!!!

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