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The following children's books have been donated for a Basket o' Cat Books (combined with a selection of cat toys, food bowls, stickers and other goodies) that will be raffled off this coming Sunday, April 3rd, 2011, to benefit ASAP - Animal Shelter Assistance Program, a non-profit organization that cares for cats and kittens in Santa Barbara County. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to ASAP.

Fangs a lot and warm purrs to all the authors and illustrators who so generously donated to support this cause!



A Curious Collection of Cats
by Betsy Franco
illustrated by Michael Wertz
(donated by Betsy Franco)



Dear Tabby
by Carolyn Crimi
illustrated by David Roberts
(donated by Carolynm Crimi)




Fat Cat of Underwhere
by Bruce Hale
illustrated by Shane Hillman
(donated by Bruce Hale)



Hannah and Jack
by Mary Nethery
illustrated by Mary Morgan
(donated by Mary Nethery)




How to Save Your Tail
by Mary Hanson
illustrated by John Hendix
(donated by Mary Hanson)



Hey Diddle Diddle
by Eve Bunting
illustrated by Mary Ann Fraser
(donated by Mary Ann Fraser)



Picasso and Minou
by P.I. Maltbie
illustrated by Pau Estrada
(donated by P.I. Malbie)



Secret Life of Walter Kitty
by Barbara Jean Hicks
illustrated by Dan Santat
(donated by Barbara Jean Hicks)




Tales of Grandpa Cat
by Lee Wardlaw
illustrated by Ronald Searle
(donated by Lee Wardlaw



Won Ton
by Lee Wardlaw
illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
(donated by Lee Wardlaw)



In addition, Complete Kitten Care, by Amy Shojai, was also autographed and donated for the basket. (Thanks, Amy!)




Raffle tickets will be available during my signing for Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, Sunday, April 3rd, from 1-3 p.m., at the Curious Cup Bookstore, 929 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria. The winner will be announced at 3:00 p.m. and need not be present!


ME-WOW! GET YOUR PAWS ON A GREAT BOOK!

WON TON: A CAT TALE TOLD IN HAIKU, that is! :)



LEE WARDLAW WILL READ FROM, AND SIGN COPIES OF...

WON TON: A CAT TALE TOLD IN HAIKU
(Henry Holt, ages 5 and up)
WRITTEN BY LEE WARDLAW
ILLUSTRATED BY EUGENE YELCHIN

SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD
1 -3 P.M.
CURIOUS CUP CHILDREN'S BOOK STORE
929 LINDEN AVENUE
CARPINTERIA, CA 93013
PHONE: (805) 220-6608
http://www.curiouscup.com

***LIVE MUSIC!***

***KITTY LITTER CAKE!***

***CAT COSTUME CONTEST!***

***FACE PAINTING!!***

***RAFFLE & PRIZES!***

**********20% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT ASAP - ANIMAL SHELTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, A NON-PROFIT, ALL-VOLUNTEER, NO-KILL SHELTER FOR CATS AND KITTENS!************

EVERYONE WELCOME! PLEASE STOP BY!




Lee Wardlaw and Eugene Yelchin signed copies of Won Ton at a recent book event held at Jaffurs Wine Cellars. Chaucer's Book Store supplied the books and generously donated 20% of the proceeds to ASAP. We also raffled off a basket of cat care goodies. Altogether, we raised over $600 for the cat shelter!


If you like Won Ton, please visit his Facebook page!
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Won-Ton/138153679581256

Feline Signing!




I'll be signing copies of my new book

WON TON: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

on Saturday, February 19th
2-4 p.m.
Apostrophe Books
4712 East 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 438-7950
http://www.apostrophebooks.net/

Joining me will be
P.I. Maltbie
author of
PICASSO AND MINOU

Apostrophe Books will donate a portion of the book sale proceeds to the Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA)
http://www.friendsoflongbeachanimals.org/

Please join us! There will be mousie give-aways, free bookmarks, stickers, a reading and more!

Me-WOW!




Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
written by Lee Wardlaw
illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Ages 5 and up

Read what reviewers are saying about Won Ton:

Kirkus (starred review)
“…Wardlaw’s terse, traditional verse captures catness from every angle, while Yelchin’s graphite and gouache illustrations telegraph cat-itude with every stretch and sinuous slink. Perfect pussycat poetry for anyone who has ever loved a shelter cat."

Booklist (starred review)
“Both the tightly constructed lines and elegant, playful illustrations unerringly imagine a cat’s world… [Wardlaw and Yelchin] create a lovable, believable character in this wry, heart-warming title that’s sure to find wide acceptance in the classroom and beyond."

School Library Journal (starred review)
“Text and illustrations work together to craft an unforgettable character in a shelter cat whose veneer of cynical toughness masks his vulnerability...Won Ton’s sweetly humorous story will steal the hearts of readers young and old.”

Publisher’s Weekly
“…Wardlaw has a fine understanding of the feline mind, and each 17-syllable poem packs a big impact…A surprisingly powerful story in verse.”

A Fuse #8 Production - Betsy Bird
Review of the Day
“…With plenty of things to love for poetry and cat lovers alike, Won Ton takes an old form and renders it furry… A cheery ode to a boy and his cat, this is one of the books to grab the next time someone asks you for “fun haiku”. Or really, any poetry in general.”

Hornbook
"...[a] funny and touching celebration of the joys of adopting a shelter cat."

Wall Street Journal
"...affecting and funny...[an] harmonious combination of Wardlaw's wry verse and Yelchin's witty illustration."



JUDGING FROM THE NUMBER OF CONTEST ENTRIES I RECEIVED, THERE ARE A LOT OF KIDS OUT THERE WHOSE PARENTS BUG THEM BIG TIME!





AND IT WAS A BIG TIME JOB FOR ME TO CHOOSE ONLY THREE WINNERS. SOME ENTRIES MADE ME LAUGH, SOME MADE ME CRINGE. OTHERS CAUSED ME TO RETHINK MY OWN BEHAVIOR WHEN IT COMES TO MY SON, WHO JUST TURNED 13 AND IS, THEREFORE, HUGELY EMBARRASSABLE. (IS THAT EVEN A WORD?!)

SO I AND MY SON WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO ENTERED THE '101 WAYS MY PARENTS BUG ME CONTEST'. HERE ARE THE WINNERS:

(DRUM ROLL, PLEASE . . . )





FIRST PRIZE: MAX S., AGE 11, FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK, WHO WROTE:

"THEY ALWAYS MAKE UP WEIRD NICKNAMES FOR ME, LIKE MACKIE-MAC, MAXAMANIA, MAXAMOSTN AND MORE. IT IS REALLY
EMBARRASSING!"




SECOND PRIZE: COLLIN, AGE 10, SANTA BARBARA, CA, WHO WROTE:

MY MOM BUGS ME BY WEARING WILD PANTS TO SCHOOL AND EVERYONE LOOKS AT ME!"




THIRD PRIZE: DARBY, AGE 12, FROM MT. HOLLY, NC, WHO WROTE: "WHEN I ASK, 'WHERE ARE WE EATING?', THEY SAY 'MCDONALD'S' AND THEN THEY START ACTING LIKE RONALD MCDONALD THE CLOWN!!!!!"

MAX HAS WON AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF 101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR PARENTS, A 'CATCH THE READING BUG' BUMPER STICKER, AND SEVERAL POSTCARDS AND BOOKMARKS.

COLLIN AND DARBY HAVE EACH WON AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF EITHER 101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR PARENTS OR 101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR TEACHER.

A NEW CONTEST WILL BE UP AND RUNNING SOON. IF YOU DIDN'T WIN THIS TIME, PLEASE ENTER AGAIN. NEXT TIME, THE WINNER COULD BE YOU!!!





fAiRy GoDsIsTeRs, iNk is excited to announce that we have chosen
SCBWI member Amy Lynn Spitzley of Traverse City, Michigan, as the recipient
of our 2009 summer conference scholarship!

Amy will receive a $1500 scholarship, which will
pay for her conference tuition, hotel, and manuscript consultation.

Amy described herself in her essay as a "shy mommy", ready to
temporarily heave it all to come out to the conference and soak it all up. We
called her yesterday to give her the good news, and in the manner typical of
so many creative folk, her first question was "Uh-- didn't very many people
apply?" We loved her humility, when in fact, her essay was absolutely
bang-ON.

Many thanks to the 300+ applicants who took the time
to apply for our scholarship! Please try again next year . . .

And many, many heartfelt thanks to all our honorary fAiRy GoDpErSoNs who donated their hard-earned
money to our Scholarship program. (You know who you are!)

For more information about FGI and our scholarship program,
please visit our website: http://www.fairygodsistersink.com.

And now . . . a word from Amy!:

"I owe a huge debt to the godsisters. Their magic is gently forcing me to get out of my shell. Having written down many thoughts, promises, and ideas in my essay, I intend to live up to as many of them as I can in LA--and have fun in the process!"


Sparkly wishes,
Lee Wardlaw
Valerie Hobbs
Thalia Chaltas
Mary Hershey
R.L. LaFevers
Ann P., from Cranston, Rhode Island, sent me the illustrations, below. This is so fun! I love seeing
how each individual artist portrays my characters with her own style, medium, wit. Thank you SO much!





Here we have Sneeze, Hiccup, Pierre and Hayley . . .
Wow! There are a lot of talented fans out there! Here's the latest illustration I received, spectacularly drawn by Emily B., age 15, from Toronto, Canada.




Yes, it's Stephen J. Wyatt, clip-on tool belt and all!

Thanks for sharing, Emily.

Keep 'em comin', everyone!

AUTHOR VISITS - A PANEL DISCUSSION





This week, stop by the blog THROUGH THE TOLLBOOTH: THOUGHTS ON WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS to learn more about the pros, cons, highs, lows, how-to's and what-for's of Author Visits. I'll be taking part in this panel discussion that includes: Kelli Bingham, Tami Lewis Brown, Toni Buzzeo, Stephanie Greene, Helen Hemphill, Barbara Santucci and Sarah Sullivan.

http://community.livejournal.com/thru_the_booth/102119.html
Ooo, how I love it when my fans bring my novel characters to life! Here's another look at Pierre Noel,
zee character 'oo speaks wis zee phonee French ackzent!



Pierre by Emilee



Merci, Emilee!


Yes! It's the udderly silly anniversary you've all been waiting for!

On this day in 1930, Elm Farm Ollie (aka Nellie Jay) of St. Louis, MO, became the first cow to fly in an airplane - - and she was milked during the flight, producing an aerodynamic 24 quarts of fresh milk!

In honor of this mooooovelous anniversary, I'd like to recommend two of my favorite bovine books:




BUCKAMOO GIRLS
written by Ellen A. Kelley
illustrated by Tom Curry
www.ellenakelley.com




CLICK, CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE
written by Doreen Cronin
illustrated by Betsy Lewin

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A Gumball for Your Thoughts

"Sure, it's simple, writing for kids . . . . Just as simple as bringing them up." -Ursula K. LeGuin

"All I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world." - E. B. White

"The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop." -Mark Twain

"Man is a being of self-made soul."
-Ayn Rand

Philip Pullman says that each person has a story, and that story begins the same way for all: “You find yourself in the wrong family by mistake. We’re all princes and princesses in exile. Then we begin to discover the world around us.”

“Don't you wish you had a job like mine? All you have to do is think up a certain number of words! Plus, you can repeat words! And they don't even have to be true!” -Dave Barry

"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" -Anais Nin

“Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance." -Dan Greenburg

"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost."
- Martha Graham

"I would rather have the
two-hundred and fifty-six
imperfect books that mark the vectors of my journey through my art form than to have one perfect book that marks nothing
but its own perfect self." -Barry Moser

“You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written. And then, if it’s going to be too difficult for grownups, you write it for children.”
—Madeleine L’Engle

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