Archive for February, 2011

Review: “When I Grow Up” by Al Yankovic

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

When I Grow UpWhen I Grow Up by Al Yankovic
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this fanciful children’s book, the protagonist explores a variety of options for adult occupations, ranging from outre chef to gorilla masseuse. The playful verse by Al Yankovic (better known as music parody king Weird Al) is accompanied by colorful pen and watercolor illustrations by Wes Hargis.

Wisely, this young hero realizes that the answer to “what will you be when you grow up?” may not be simple. Learning from his grandfather, who held many jobs throughout his life, the boy suggests one outlandish occupation after another, not ruling out the possibility of trying each in turn.

My eight-month-old boy was captivated by the drawings and engaged by the rhyming. He enjoyed it just as much when my husband read it to him a few days later. I predict that, unlike many of the board books he currently shoves in his mouth, this traditional hardback will remain a favorite as he grows and gains vocabulary and comprehension. While some of the vocabulary could make it difficult for beginning readers, it’s a terrific book to read to children of any age.

Disclosure: The author received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through the Goodreads giveaway program.

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Valentine’s Day Article / Interview

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Associated Content/Yahoo! News has published a short piece I wrote for Valentine’s day, called You’ve Just Got to Believe.

Also, please check out the excellent interview of me done by Michael A. Ventrella. He asked some great questions about writing and publishing.

Interview by Phil Giunta

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Author Phil Giunta has interviewed me as part of his authors series. The conversation got into my background as well as into my motivations for writing. I found myself articulating deep thoughts about my beliefs about poetry, and I’m happy for the opportunity to work those out and express them.

Check out the interview and tell me what you think!

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