Get Stinky! (with the Stinky Stench Activity Kit)

The fine folks at Sterling Publishing have outdone themselves once again and put together an awesome activity kit for The Case of the Stinky Stench! While the book isn’t out until May 2 … you can download the *Free* Printable Activity Kit RIGHT NOW (by clicking right HERE)!

Contents of the kit include:

  • Word Search
  • Maze
  • Cutouts
  • Coloring Activity
  • Connect the Dots
  • Rhyme Time
  • … and of course, the all-important Answer Key

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Don’t miss the activity kits (and other fun stuff) for all of my books on the “Stuff for Kids” section of my website here.

And of course, you can pre-order The Case of the Stinky Stench wherever books are sold – and if you do, let me know and I’ll send you some free swag (see here for more info).

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Cy Makes a Friend written by Anne Marie Stephens & Tracy Subisak

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2. Martina & Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports written by Phil Bildner & illustrated by Brett Helquist

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Stinky Stench Pre-Order Giveaway!

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2)

It’s Pancake Day! And in just over two months – on May 2nd, THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH, sequel to Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, will be released. To celebrate, I’m sending swag out to anyone who pre-orders a copy.*

Magnets, Collectors Cards, & Bookmarks

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AND – if you pre-order from an Independent Book Store, I’ll send a bonus something special!

TO ENTER: snap a picture of your receipt and send it to joshfunkbooks+giveaway [at] gmail [dot] com along with your snail mail address.

To top it off, I’m picking ONE lucky winner to get personalized signed copies of both Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast AND The Case of the Stinky Stench. Good luck! And may the syrup be ever in your flavor!

* giveaway is open until May 1, 2017 to U.S. residents only, while supplies last.

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. The Friend Ship written by Kat Yeh & illustrated by Chuck Groenink

2. You Don’t Want a Unicorn! written by Ame Dyckman & illustrated by Liz Climo

It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk – Cover Reveal!

GIANT News! It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk officially has a cover and is available for pre-order!

The cover was revealed last week at Dylan Teut’s Mile High Reading Site along with an interview with me and the amazing illustrator, Edwardian Taylor. And here is the official cover:

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I have to say, I think it’s pretty amazing! This META-Mixed-Up Fairy Tale is my first book that isn’t written in rhyme. For more info, here’s the official flap copy:

Jack is not fond of the bossy narrator of his fairy tale! When Jack is told to trade his beloved cow Bessie for some magic beans, throw the beans out the window, climb the ENORMOUS beanstalk that sprouts overnight, and steal from a GIANT, he decides this fairy tale is getting out of control. In fact, he doesn’t want to follow the story line at all. Who says Jack needs to enter a life of daring, thievery, and giant trickery? He takes his story into his own hands—and you’ll never guess what happens next!

With laugh-out-loud dialogue and bold, playful art (including hidden fairy tale creatures for kids to find), this Jack and the Beanstalk retelling will have children rolling with laughter till Bessie the cow comes home.

It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk is available for pre-order now and will be released on September 19, 2017!

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Before You written & illustrated by Rebecca Doughty

2. Pigloo written by Anne Marie Pace & illustrated by Lorna Hussey

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My World Read Aloud Day 2017 Experience

On Thursday, I visited 21 classrooms in 12 states, 6 time zones, 4 countries, and ALL the hemispheres.

You see, Thursday, February 16th was World Read Aloud Day (#WRAD), presented by litworld.org, an organization whose goal is to cultivate a love of reading and fight illiteracy worldwide. According to LitWorld, WRAD “calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories” and “is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries.”

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What was my involvement? Well, to do my part, I virtually visited (via skype) a score of classrooms across the world on Thursday – and one on Wednesday night in Kuala Lumpur (but it was Thursday morning for them) – see the map below. Some of the visits were with a single classroom. Others were with entire grades or even multiple grades congregating in libraries and media centers. I saw all grade levels from K through 5. For each 15-20 minute visit, I read a sneak peek copy of THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH (the upcoming sequel to LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST) – even though it’s not out until May 2nd. Then I took questions from the kids for the remaining time. And all the visits were completely free of charge.

But 21 visits? How did I manage that? At the beginning of the school year, all-star author Kate Messner puts a call out to authors who are willing to skype with classes and then lists them for educators to find. We can call Kate the WRAD Matchmaker. Between Kate, Twitter, Facebook, the contact page on my website, and the network of my educator friends, my schedule filled up pretty quickly.

It was a blast to share THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH, but the best part was interacting with the students. They asked so many amazing questions. I shared my writing and revision process, my favorite books (now and as a kid), how I come up with ideas, and more. These kids did some serious research and some even completed their own versions of my ‘fill-in-the-blank’ bio. And twice I was asked about my system for getting as much syrup on the bottom pancake as the top (I didn’t give away the secret, don’t worry).

Here’s a snapshot of my day:

It was a totally fabulous day. The tech was virtually flawless (thanks, Skype Classroom). We may not have hoverboards, but Marty McFly would be proud.

If you’re interested in learning more, definitely check out LitWorld.org and follow Kate Messner & Skype Classroom – and start getting ready for #WRAD18!

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. The Green Umbrella written by Jackie Azúa Kramer & illustrated by Maral Sassouni

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2. Adrift: An Odd Couple of Polar Bears written & illustrated by Jessica Olien

Dear Dragon Wins a Nerdy Book Club Award!

I’ve got astonishing news, people (and dragons)! Dear Dragon has been awarded a Nerdy – a Nerdy Book Club Award, that is!

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I’m truly honored and thrilled. Dear Dragon was one of twenty incredible picture books bestowed with this award as selected by members of the Nerdy Book Club. Thank you so much! And congratulations to Rodolfo Montalvo, who created all of the stellar art, and everyone at Viking/Penguin who helped make this book as awesome as I like to think it is and got it into the hands of children and educators and parents and Nerdy Book Club members!

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For more info on the Nerdy Book Club and The #Nerdies, check out this post from last year (when Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast was awarded a 2015 Nerdy Award for Fiction Picture Books – *blushy-smiley-face*).

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Worm Loves Worm written by J.J. Austrian & illustrated by Mike Curato

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2. The Airport Book written & illustrated by Lisa Brown

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Happy National French Toast Day!

November 28th is National French Toast Day in the U.S. – to celebrate (and honor Sir French Toast), I’m running a giveaway! What am I giving away? One winner will receive:

  1. A signed copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast (now) … AND
  2. A signed copy of The Case of the Stinky Stench (as soon as I receive my 2nd copy – the first is for me … er, my kids).

Simply retweet the tweet below by midnight Hawaii time to enter!

(if you’re not on twitter, you can share on Facebook and post a comment below to enter)

Note: The Case of the Stinky Stench will be released on May 2, 2017, so I probably won’t receive my copy until spring.


Where I’ll Be Next

  • 12/3, 11:00am: The Writers’ Loft Holiday Bazaar at An Unlikely Story (Plainville, MA, USA)
  • 12/4, 1:00pm: The Concord Museum Family Tree Celebration (Concord, MA, USA)
  • 12/10: Boston College Winter Wonderland (Boston, MA, USA)

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Toby written & illustrated by Hazel Mitchell

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2. Shy written & illustrated by Deborah Freedman

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The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2)

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2)

I’m so excited for this book! A few weeks back I did a live cover reveal on KidlitTV of the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast sequel: THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH.

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Watch the live cover reveal on KidlitTV here (along with me reading Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast aloud to a live audience at Books of Wonder in NYC).

And it’s now available for Pre-Order Everywhere!

        

Description from the publisher: There’s a stinky stench in the fridge–and our favorite foodie friends must solve a smelly mystery! Sir French Toast’s nephew, Inspector Croissant, begs him and Lady Pancake for help in finding the source of the foul odor. Could it be the devious Baron von Waffle? A fetid fish lurking in the bottom of Corn Chowder Lake? Featuring the same delectable wordplay and delicious art that won critical raves for Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast–this fun follow-up is an absolutely tasty treat for kids and adults alike!

Note from Josh: I think this follow-up is even better than the first.

As with all of my books, you can pre-order signed and personalized copies from my local indie, the Concord Bookshop (it’s best to call them directly at 978.369.2405).


Where I’ll Be Next

  • 10/22, 11:00am: Wellesley Books (Wellesley, MA, USA)
  • 10/26, 7:00pm: Concord Public Library (Concord, MA, USA)
  • 11/1, 11:00am: Barnes & Noble Plaza Venezia (Orlando, FL, USA)
  • 11/5, 2:30pm: nErDcampLI (Jericho, NY, USA)
  • 11/11, 6:00pm: Barnes & Noble Framingham (Framingham, MA, USA)
  • 11/12, 2:00pm: Books-A-Million South Portland (South Portland, ME, USA)
  • 11/18, 7:00pm: Barnes & Noble Nashua (Nashua, NH, USA)
  • 11/19, 11:00am: Newtonville Books (Newton, MA, USA)
  • 12/3, 11:00am: The Writers’ Loft Holiday Bazaar at An Unlikely Story (Plainville, MA, USA)
  • 12/4, 1:00pm: The Concord Museum Family Tree Celebration (Concord, MA, USA)
  • 12/10: Boston College Winter Wonderland (Boston, MA, USA)
  • 1/7, 2:00pm: BookEnds (Winchester, MA, USA)

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Austin, Lost in America written & illustrated by Jef Czekaj

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2. A Rule Is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy written & illustrated by Jana Christy & John Seven

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