Thursday, October 12, 2017

Poetry Friday - Inktober Week 2


It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Irene Latham's blog, Live Your Poem to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. 
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It's Friday the 13th and I am happy to say that I haven't missed a day yet of Inktober! I am doing way better than my poem-a-day goal back in the month of April (I eeked out one poem that month). 

I have been having a lot of fun, mostly because it has been sort of playful and not anything to take too seriously. I find it easier to write in general when I  have fun, don't treat everything as precious, and understand that it's not going to be perfect on the first shot. And you know what has been happening? I've written a few that I'm quite pleased with and may work on to get them polished. It's been a great exercise so far! 








Monday, October 9, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 10/9/17




The weekly post where I recap all the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Occasionally, I’ll also review some adult fiction books as well.


Be sure to check out Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see what other kidlit readers are reading. Because, you know, we can never have too many books in our TBR pile.
                                         

Picture Books


Be Quiet!
by Ryan T. Higgins

This was a really fun book. The idea is very clever ad makes for a comical story. I especially liked Higgin's pen and ink illustrations. Definitely worth reading.


 Cinderella and the Furry Slippers
 written by  Davide Cali
illustrated by Raphaelle Barbanegre

The illustrations in this book are fantastic and it is a fun take on your normal Cinderella story. You can read my full review here


Goldfish Ghost
written by Lemony Snicket
illustrated by Lisa Brown

We thought this book was cute. The illustrations are fun and it had a nice ending. The illustrations are nice, but we couldn't figure out why the fish was swimming upside down through the whole book Did we miss something?


Graphic Novels


Mighty Jack
by Ben Hatke

This book is fantastic. I love fresh takes on classic fairy tales and this knocks it out of the park. I don't normally bug my daughter to start a book if she isn't interested, but I insisted with this one. Within 2 pages, she was hooked. After reading it, she said we have to get the next one. So much fun.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Poetry Friday - Inktober Week 1


It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to visit Violet Nesdoly's Blog to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. 
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It's October! Hooray! I'm traveling right now to visit family, so I am a bit strapped for time. This past week I've been writing poetry and drawing for my poetry Inktober. Below are the first 5 days. It has been great finding a reason to write some poetry each day and the creepy theme has been fun too. I hope that you enjoy!







Monday, October 2, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 10/2/17




The weekly post where I recap all the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Occasionally, I’ll also review some adult fiction books as well.


Be sure to check out Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see what other kidlit readers are reading. Because, you know, we can never have too many books in our TBR pile.
                                         

Here are my September writing goals recap + some Cybils-related exciting news!



Board Books

 Busy Penguins
 written by John Schindel 
photos by Jonathan Chester

This is a cute book and my son seemed to enjoy all the photos of the penguins. My 7yo especially liked that it has a picture of a pooping penguin.


Picture Books

 

Penguin Problems
written by Jory John
illustrated by Lane Smith

This is a delightful picture book. I love the textural quality of the illustrations. The little grumpy penguin is lots of fun. My daughter and I have read this multiple times since bringing it home from the library. I also like the cover with the repeating penguin image. For the life of me, I can't remember the name for this specific type of repeating image picture. If you know, let me know in the comments. I'm racking my brain.


Animals at Night
written by  Anne Jank√©liowitch
illustrated by Delphine Chedru
Jabberwocky, October 3, 2017

I received an ARC of this book for review


It glows in the dark! It is also very text heavy. Each page has glowing elements with a whole range of nocturnal mammals, insects, reptiles and fish across all their varying habitats. Every animal and habitat featured has a chunk of text to go along with it. And there are mystery answers hidden throughout the glowing book to discover. Although I wouldn't sit and read this to my child in one sitting, it would be a great one for over multiple nights, or for her to enjoy with a flashlight at night. Great resource book as well.



 Some Pets
written by Angela DiTerlizzi 
illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

This is a super cute book. I am always amazed when a picture book can be so succinct and yet so perfect. This is a great one to show how the text and the illustrations work together. The text gives just what is needed and the illustrations do the rest. I love how cute and funny the pictures are too.



 My Mouth is a Volcano!
written by Julia Cook 
illustrated by Carrie Hartman 

If you have a child that interrupts all the time, this would be a great book to read together. I know it's nit-picky, but I find pictures books where the text is in block at the bottom of the page distracting. I like the text to appear within the illustration. My daughter did enjoy the book and didn't seemed bothered by it.



 Whobert Whover, Owl Detectivve
written by Jason Gallaher
illustrated by Jess Pauwels

I went into this book expecting it to just be alright. But it ended up being fantastic. The text is great and is funny! The illustrations are perfect as well. We will be rereading this one a bunch.



 Don't Splash the Sasquatch
 written by Kent Redeker
illustrated by Bob Staake

I picked this one up because of cover appeal and it ended up being really fun. I like all the animal/monster mashups throughout the book. The text repetition is great and would be perfect for younger kids to engage and participate. The illustration style has pizzazz and is quite fun. 


Middle Grade


Serafina and the Black Cloak
by Robert Beatty 

My more in depth review for this book will be posted on Wednesday, but I'll just say here that I loved this book. I will 100% for sure be picking up the next in the series. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Inktober with a Twist

October is almost here! It is my most favorite time of the year. And to celebrate, I'm taking on a new crazy Frankenstein-type project.

 A few years ago, my husband started participating in Inktober. The challenge is to complete one ink drawing a day, every day in October and then post it online. Sounds pretty fun, right?

Well, I am no artist. Below is a sample of my drawing abilities.

*not drawn in ink

So, you're probably wondering why on earth would I want to take on such a project? Because I'm going to mash it up with writing! I'm combining Inktober with A-Poem-A-Day to create a new monster project. Bwahaha! It's alive!! I thought it would be interesting to see how art could get the creative juices flowing for some poetry. And besides, do we really need an excuse to do art, even if we do it badly?

Many people like to do a theme for their Inktober, so I decided to put one together. I'm going to be doing mostly short-form poetry like limericks, tanka, and haikus. By the end of the month, I will have a collection of spooky poetry. And some bad drawings. What do I have to lose?



Friday, September 29, 2017

Poetry Friday - Crazy Kids


It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to Laura's page, Writing the World for Kids, to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. 
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It is a good thing that October is in sight because I feel like a zombie. it's 8:45pm and I'm falling asleep writing this post! So it's going to be a short one this week.

I have been prepping for my newest challenge: Inktober. I am no artist, but I like to doodle. So, I've decided to write a short poem each day in October and then draw something to go along with it. I'll be posting a bit more in detail tomorrow, but I am excited to have some fun with it.

Speaking of zombies, I stumbled across an interesting poetry book: Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum. The whole book is written in haiku snippets and takes the reader on the journey of a guy who has been bitten and is turning into a zombie. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it seems like it’s right up my alley. Here is one of haiku’s from the book:

Biting into heads 
is much harder than it looks. 
The skull is feisty.

© Ryan Mecum, 2008

I decided to write my own haiku of what has turned me into a zombie this week. 

Sweet angelic babe
Banshee-wails throughout the night
Parents never sleep

© Rebecca Herzog, 2017

My daughter read it over my shoulder as I was writing and insisted that I also write one about her and her love for video games (she wants to be a game designer and voice actor when she grows up). So I obliged.

There once was a girl who liked games
Who quickly won all the acclaim
With daring and poise
She beat all the boys
And now she has fortune and fame 

© Rebecca Herzog, 2017


I hope that everyone's week has gone well and that you have a spectacular beginning of October. It's my favorite.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

October Writing Goals + Exciting News!

So, before I get into my goals recap, I have a bit of news. I have been selected to be a judge for the Cybils Awards! I will be helping judge in the Fiction Picture Book and Board Book category.

For those who don't know, the Cybils Awards are given each year by bloggers for the year's best children's and young adult titles. You can learn a bit more at www.cybils.com. I am so incredibly honored and excited to participate.

September was a bit discombobulated with Irma passing through and all that entailed. John and Sammy both were out of school for over a week, which threw my groove off a bit. Don't get me wrong--I loved having them home, but it also meant a little less writing time. Overall, I am pleased with my writing progress.


September Goals

  • Read 4 books
  • Continue weekly book reviews
  • Continue weekly poetry reviews
  • Submit to poetry anthology
  • Submit freaking Madam Fang already (it's edited and so close! I have until the 15th of October)
  • Finish Zine 
  • Hold Book Giveaway
  • Pick and start outlining my NaNoWriMo book

October Goals

  • Write 5 poems for anthology
  • Outline 5 chapter books
  • Finish RIP reading challenge
  • Inktober Poetry (post forthcoming)
  • Continue doing Poetry Friday
  • Submit Madam Fang

Poetry Friday - Inktober Week 2

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right  here . And be sure t...