Archive for October, 2013

Will Desmond Pucket’s monster-y special effects pranks get him kicked out of middle school?

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“Sixth-grader Desmond Pucket loves horror special effects,” reads a review of Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic (Amp! Comics for Kids), by Mark Tatulli, in School Library Journal. 

Goblins popping out of toilets, exploding zombie heads, and mass-media digital scares are what he lives for. He takes things too far, however, and is forced to give up his bloody ways. When he finally finds a niche and does well at a new, wholesome life, spooky, disgusting, slimy things start happening all over the school. Desmond is getting framed, and he has a good idea who is doing it: his best friend. Desmond is an interesting protagonist. He has all the trappings of a misunderstood troublemaker, but with a twist: he is truly a prodigy at something. Most of the story is focused on helping him find the proper venue and audience for his skill, rather than using it to cause disruptions. The book is chock-full of sketches in Desmond’s “hand,” and kids will like the drawings in another style that outline his big scares. The story is an enjoyable, if unexceptional, quick read. It will be most appealing to those already into Big Nate, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and James Patterson’s Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! (Little, Brown, 2012).

Meet Desmond Pucket–master of mayhem! Will his monster-y special effects pranks get him kicked out of middle school before the class trip to Crab Shell Pier? Or will Desmond be able to keep his monster magic in check?

This is a compelling new character that kids will love!

“Tatulli’s entry into the comics/fiction–hybrid market is one of the best…The target audience will snap this up and beg for more.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Desmond Pucket neatly fills a gap for our readers—it’s a step more sophisticated than Diary of a Wimpy Kid but appeals to that reader. It’s also so great to have a Halloween/monster/scary stuff series to offer boys that is not Goosebumps.”
— Rebecca Waesch, Children’s Product Manager, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Meet Desmond Pucket–professor of frightology and master of monsters.

Someday Desmond will be famous for his special effects wizardry, but for now he’s just trying to make it through sixth grade at Cloverfield Memorial Junior High, which means he needs to stay one step ahead of the school’s disciplinary officer, Mr. Needles.

The only problem is Desmond just can’t stop pulling pranks–like the time he attached a shrieking rubber goblin to the toilet seat in the teachers’ bathroom. Mrs. Rubin screamed so loudly her wig flew off! Or the time he put giant motorized worms into the mashed potatoes in the cafeteria. Or the time Desmond and his best friend, Ricky, arranged for a three-headed ghost to crash his sister’s slumber party. Rachel still hasn’t forgiven him.

And now Desmond has to stay prank-free for the rest of the year, or he won’t be able to go on the class trip to Crab Shell Pier, home of the Mountain Full of Monsters ride! It’s going to be tough, but Desmond has to try.

This book includes a section of “Desmond’s Notes”: instructions for making monster magic (think scary noises, or fake blood) at home!

Jamal’s Busy Day by Wade Hudson: “This early reader is a real winner”

Wade Hudson's_Jamal's Busy Day_front cover_150dpiJamal, a handsome, energetic African-American boy, is shown making all the necessary preparations for school that his parents make to begin their day. The upbeat message is that both parents and child can work hard and accomplish much in their respective areas, all have something to contribute. Such is the joy in sharing Jamal’s Busy Day (Feeling Good Series) (Feeling Good Book) by Wade Hudson (Author)

“The charm of this unassuming, engaging picture book rests in the tongue-in-cheek parallels between the daily labors of parents and offspring,” according to Publishers Weekly. “The youngster here is an African American only child; the adults are active, serious professionals–father is an architect, mother an accountant.”
In its own way, Jamal’s day is as demanding as theirs: he “works with numbers” in math class, does “research” in the library, has “meetings to attend” in the school auditorium and occasionally settles schoolyard “disagreements between my co-workers.” The upbeat message is that both parents and children can “work hard” and accomplish much in their respective arenas: all have something to contribute and all work has value. Illustrating this sweetly didactic story are Ford’s (Bright Eyes, Brown Skin ) realistic watercolors, which present a boy full of energy and excited by his truly “busy day.” Ages 3-7.

” Jamal, a handsome, energetic African-American boy, is shown making all the necessary preparations for school that his parents make to begin their day,” reads a review in School Library Journal. ”

After washing, brushing his teeth, and dressing himself, he has breakfast with his father and mother, an architect and an accountant. Using one or two sentences per page, Jamal compares his “work” to that of each of his parents: making drawings, working with numbers, doing reports, taking a crowded bus home, etc. He is beautifully portrayed as an empowered child in the appealing drawings that reinforce the success motif throughout. This early reader is a real winner.

Wade Hudson’s career as a writer spans more than three decades. In 1988, Hudson’s passion for writing and life-long mission to help foster positive self-image within the Black community, prompted he and his wife Cheryl to launch Just Us Books, the nation’s leading independent publisher of Black-interest books for young people. Another imprint, Marimba Books, was launched in 2008, with a focus on multicultural literature for children and young adults.

Wade Hudson

Wade Hudson

An accomplished and award-winning author, he has written more than 25 books for young people including, AFRO-BETS Book of Black Heroes, Poetry from the Masters: The Pioneers and Jamal’s Busy Day, Pass It On: African-American Poetry for Children, Powerful Words: More than 200 Years of Extraordinary Writing by African Americans and the Great Black Heroes series. His most recent titles include Its Church Going Time, Places I Love to Go, and Puddin, Jeffrey and Leah: Best Friends.

He is also very active in his community, serving on the board of the Isaiah House in East Orange, NJ and the Langston Hughes Library at the Alex Haley Farm, operated by the Children’s Defense Fund. In 2004, he and his wife co-founded The Knowledge Is Power Project, a non-profit youth literacy organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. He is a Stephen Crane Literary Award recipient, was named a “Man of Valor” in Newark, NJ and was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. His literary affiliations include PEN America and the Authors’ Guild.

Wade speaks to students across the country and conducts workshops for teachers and parents. He can be reached at Web Site:

Donate to Help Black Children Appear in Children’s Books

511KF9CYyBL._SY344_BO1_204_203_200_The Library of Congress reports 15,000 to 20,000 new children’s books published every year. In 2013, 2012, or any recent year, how many of those showed Black boys as the main characters? Girls? Please name those books.

It is time for a SEQUEL! Family relationships were explored and affirmed in my joyful anthology of poems celebrating the diversity of African American families, shown above. In this book, I collaborated with his mother, noted educator Dorothy Strickland, to bring us this warm collection. Rich and powerful poems by Eloise Greenfield, Lucille Clifton, and others are rooted in deeply felt values of belonging and mutual respect.


Families: Poems Celebrating the African American Experience came out in 1994. Close to a decade later, we still see several problems in the world of children’s books. The biggest problem is still a severe lack of texts with African American children as the main characters.

I highlighted the need for such literature in a May 16, 2013 blog entry.

According to author Varian Johnson:

He quoted a librarian who said; At the risk of sounding desperate, can anyone name me just ONE middle grade novel published in 2013 starring an African-American boy?

“She later followed up with a post listing all the books published in 2013 featuring African-American boys as main characters,” this famous black Young Adult author added. “If I’€™m counting correctly, the number is somewhere around eight. Maybe ten, when you count some of the small publishers.”

“You have no idea how depressed this makes me feel,” Varian said. There are a lot of theories why these books aren’€™t being published. Maybe authors aren’t writing them. Maybe editors and agents aren’€™t acquiring them. Maybe readers don’t want them.”

51QCGZY852L._SX260_This makes me sad too. Friends have pointed to two or three books — that is awful since the Library of Congress reports 15,000 to 20,000 new children’s books published every year. So I choose to be a part of the solution, and will write, compile and collect a sequel to Families: Poems Celebrating the African American Experience. Black children will be the main characters, and I will have a special emphasis on those missing black boys.

Money donated will help with expenses related to the book, including hiring an illustrator; writing time; copyright permissions; phone and technology expenses for interviews and research; office materials; and professional manuscript reviewers.

INVISIBLE CHILDRENGift Cards to stores such as OfficeMax, Staples, WalMart, Fred Meyer, and other chains are also welcome.

Please help us make a change for the in children’s books.

My book, “Hairucts at Sleepy Sam’s” tells the story of me and my three brothers on our trips to the barber shop, growing up in Orange, New Jersey.

FREE Extra Math Practice: Grade 4 – Houghton Mifflin Education Place

In Grade 4, instructional time should focus on three critical areas, according to the Common Core Curriculum Standards.:

(1) developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends,

(2) developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers; (3) understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry.

512-QX-0fzL._SX258_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Recommended Reading: Math Made Easy: Fourth Grade Workbook (Math Made Easy): The complete home-study program to help children practice the essential math skills they learn in school. Matches the math curriculum so your children will reach their full potential in school — and on important standardized tests! The successful way to improve your child’s math. These workbooks have been compiled and tested by a team of math experts to increase your child’s confidence, enjoyment, and success at school. Fourth Grade: Provides practice at all the major topics for Grade 4 with emphasis on multiplication and division of larger numbers. Includes a review of Grade 3 topics and a preview of topics in Grade 5. Includes Times Tables practice.

1. Students generalize their understanding of place value to 1,000,000, understanding the relative sizes of numbers in each place. They apply their understanding of models for multiplication (equal-sized groups, arrays, area models), place value, and properties of operations, in particular the distributive property, as they develop, discuss, and use efficient, accurate, and generalizable methods to compute products of multi-digit whole numbers. Depending on the numbers and the context, they select and accurately apply appropriate methods to estimate or mentally calculate products. They develop fluency with efficient procedures for multiplying whole numbers; understand and explain why the procedures work based on place value and properties of operations; and use them to solve problems. Students apply their understanding of models for division, place value, properties of operations, and the relationship of division to multiplication as they develop, discuss, and use efficient, accurate, and generalizable procedures to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends. They select and accurately apply appropriate methods to estimate and mentally calculate quotients, and interpret remainders based upon the context.

2. Students develop understanding of fraction equivalence and operations with fractions. They recognize that two different fractions can be equal (e.g., 15/9 = 5/3), and they develop methods for generating and recognizing equivalent fractions. Students extend previous understandings about how fractions are built from unit fractions, composing fractions from unit fractions, decomposing fractions into unit fractions, and using the meaning of fractions and the meaning of multiplication to multiply a fraction by a whole number.

3. Students describe, analyze, compare, and classify two-dimensional shapes. Through building, drawing, and analyzing two-dimensional shapes, students deepen their understanding of properties of two-dimensional objects and the use of them to solve problems involving symmetry.

Click below for FREE Extra Math Practice: Grade 4; from Houghton Mifflin Education Place:

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat: Comic Drama Has a Dual Focus

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Llama Llama likes to sing.

Gilroy laughs at everything.
Llama sings out just the same.
Gilroy says a not-nice name.
Teacher has some things to say:
calling names is not OK.
In Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney, Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn’t sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again?
Taking on a difficult but important part of children’s lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way.
“The latest Llama Llama comic drama has a dual focus,” reads a review in Booklist. “The first is on the fun and learning encountered during a busy preschool day. The second is how all of this activity can be wrecked by one kid (literally a “kid” here—a young goat), Gilroy, who is not only a billy goat but also, yes, a bully goat. Gilroy snickers at the others during class time, and during recess, he kicks up sand and knocks over the toys and equipment of others. No fooling around here; Dewdney’s solution is to “walk away and tell someone.” Good advice couched in pleasant rhymes and gentle, nicely textured pastel illustrations.”
Anna Dewdney lives in a very old house in Vermont. She has two teenage daughters and two very muddy dogs. Anna has wanted to write and illustrate children’s books from the time she was a little girl, and she likes nothing better than to sit in her studio and make funny faces as she sketches her characters and writes her stories. Anna has had many jobs (in addition to being a mom); she’s been a middle-school teacher and school bus driver, a waitress, a mail carrier, and a day care teacher.
“Dewdney’s lovable Llama Llama offers children one strategy to combat bullying, all couched in her trademark rhyming verse and presented through situations that are sure to resonate with those new-to-school.” —Kirkus “[Dewdney] writes touchingly about the emotions of young children… [offering] a model for empathy, courage and forgiveness.” —New York Times Book Review

Better Health Begins Here at Evergreen Chiropractic

Used by permission of Evergreen Chiropractic

Used by permission of Evergreen Chiropractic

Most people think of a chiropractor as someone who fixes back pain, headaches, neck pain etc. It is true. But, it doesn’t end or begin there. The first chiropractic adjustment restored deafness. It can help with infantile colic to aging gracefully. The nervous system is the master system, it travels through the spine. A healthy spine translates to a normal, natural, healthy body expression.

A study conducted at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois found that those that participated in a wellness chiropractic lifestyle reduced their overall health expenses by 75%. Ask us how you can receive this benefit. New York Cancer Prevention Center found that Chiropractic care increased the immune system by 200% to 400%. That’s the power of a healthy nervous system. Your spine is the key!

Here is an excerpt from one of the latest articles by Dr. Matt Hales.

Frankly… You may be surprised at how well this works.   You can use this protocol on anyone – adults or kids.  But, as parents we are particularly sensitive to the aches and pains of our children.  So the next time an ear infection strikes in your home, this is what you can do.

Finger swipe Basil oil on his or her ear, not enough to drip.  Don’t use another brand.  Some basil oils are skin irritants.  Don’t take a chance on the ear canal.  Next put some Melaleuca oil on a cotton-ball (enough to wet it, but not drip).  Finally, tape the cotton ball over the ear and put them to bed.  The next morning – gone!

Skeptical? Well, seeing is believing.  You’ll just have to give it a try.  You really can’t go wrong using CPTG (Certified Pure/Therapeutic Grade) all natural oils.  In fact, there are almost never any side-effects when using something from natures medicine cabinet.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical and energetic disorders that affect general health via the nervous system. Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, computer analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying particular attention to the spine.

51N6dUHUQoL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably. It also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health.

To learn more, visit:

Evergreen Chiropractic 1640 W Cherry Ln. #130 Meridian, ID 83642 Phone 208-895-8595
On the corner of Cherry and Linder in Meridian Idaho
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Recommended Reading: An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants
Treat common childhood ailments safely and naturally. This comprehensive, user-friendly volume by one of the nation’s most highly trained medical herbalists has all the information that concerned parents need to safeguard and improve the health of their children. An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants features new material on topics of particular interest to today’s health-conscious parent, such as environmental allergies and the use of antibiotics.

Project Lydia @ProjectLydiaNW Products Bring Joy!

Robina Naigaga
Children: 9
Children in school: 5 (Ages 14, 16, 18, 20, and 22) Widow/co-wife: yes/yes

After the death of her husband, Robina Naigaga struggled to support herself and the nine children he left behind. Though her four oldest children have since then matured and now live on their own, Robina uses all of the money she earns in Project Lydia to feed her five remaining children, pay for their school fees, and buy basic necessities for their home. Robina hopes to someday save enough money to purchase iron sheets to repair her home.

41BuV8ks9GL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-65,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Recommended Reading: Uganda: Picture Book (Educational Children’s Books Collection) – Level 2 (Planet Collection)

Are you interested in expanding your child’s vocabulary?

As a part of the updated Planet Collection, “UGANDA” offers facts, descriptions and thought inspiring questions alongside amazing photographs of Uganda.

Toddlers and babies will love looking at the large photos, while the older children will be able to grow their minds through reading the fun fact filled passages.

Early education sets up your child for success.

This book is published by  a green company and a portion of each sale is donated to charity.


Project Lydia Products Bring Joy
PROJECT LYDIA began in 2009 by missionaries, Cliff and Julie Pash and is an expansion of Advancing the Kingdom Ministries which serves Uganda, East Africa.

The project helps local widows and abandoned women overcome adversity and thrive in every area of their lives. PROJECT LYDIA teaches skills, provides a spiritual support system, and opens doors for the women to support their families. The women meet weekly to work on projects together which are sold around the world.

Projects include: recycled paper bead necklaces, baskets, and authentic Ugandan dolls with a story of a local woman of courage who also overcame adversity.

Many women lives have been transformed through PROJECT LYDIA as they gain resources to buy seed for their gardens, send their children to school, purchase medical care, and improve their housing.

PROJECT LYDIA addresses a critical need of many women around the world. Unfortunately, in developing countries many women are treated as possessions and children and wives are often left destitute and betrayed when the husband finds a new, younger wife. The Pash’s heart broke for the women and thus began PROJECT LYDIA.

Cliff and Julie Pash never had dreams of becoming missionaries or of going to Africa. The Pash’s owned a thriving business and enjoyed great success.

Life took quite a turn for the Pash’s and at the age of fifty, they answered a call God put in our hearts to serve in Uganda. The Pash’s gave away much of their earthly possessions and set out for a journey in East Africa to serve a network of Muslim villages with no electricity or running tap water.
The Pash’s were transformed as they saw the almighty God, creator of the universe at work, using them to change hearts and lives for His purposes. Thank you for being a part of PROJECT LYDIA.
Authentic Ugandan Dolls, Beaded Necklaces and Handmade Baskets are produced by the Ladies of Nawansega, most of whom are widows and abandoned wives.

Each Monday, these ladies gather to encourage each other, share with each other, pray for each other. They spend their day producing these products, some of which is sold in the United States through ATK International, Inc.

The small incomes alleviate the worst of the poverty and helps assist with school fees, clothing and food.

“Our God will give you the ability to create wealth, and by doing so, affirms His covenant!”

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