Blogiversary Bash

As part of the Blogiversary Bash for unschoolingmomma.com, below is a chance to win a copy of my children’s book, Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale, and bookmark and other prizes from other authors and companies. The deadline for entry is December 4.

Below is the total list of prizes in the Ultimate Unschooling Prize Pack worth hundreds of dollars that one lucky reader will get. (Scroll over the name of the company, product, or author to be linked to their corresponding websites. Most prizes have a website linked to them.)

1. $25 Gift Card to Build A Bear Workshop

2. $25 Gift Card to Educents

3. Pencil Sharpener from Clasroom Friendly Supplies

4. Copy of children’s book Come Back Dear Sun by Geena Bean

5. The Gift of Love DVD

6. Small or Medium Picture Puzzle from Piczzle

7. December Planning Pack for Children

8. Phonics Bingo Pack

9. One Month Ad Space on The Squishable Baby

10. Audiobook Mr. and Miss Anonymous by Fern Michaels

11. Santa Letter by santawillwrite.com

12. Printable Handwriting Worksheet

13. One Premium Minecraft Account from Minecraft.net (for life)

14. One Month of VIP Jedi Master Access at Skrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server

15. One Month of Skrafty Minecraft Chore Rewards

16. $16 or under Item at Lila Rose (NEW Customer Only)

17. My children’s Book, Oh Brother: A Nico and Tugger Tale , and Bookmark

18. Children’s ebook The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

19. Children’s ebook The Battle of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

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An Interview With Arnold Rudnick

Yesterday I gave you a review of Arnold Rudnick’s Little Green. Today I am honored to introduce Arnold to readers through a recent interview.

What inspired you to write Little Green?
I used to tell my daughter bedtime stories, and Little Green began as one of those stories. I had written for film and television, and just finished a middle-grade book (ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense) and wanted to write a book I could share with younger elementary students, too.

How long did it take to write Little Green?
Since Little Green began as a bedtime story, it’s hard to say exactly. It was a few years since I first told the story that I decided to write it as a picture book, and so it went really fast. After reviewing the draft with some colleagues, I decided to write it in verse, which took several months. I had worked with a wonderful illustrator before (Marcelo Gorenman) and wanted him to do the artwork. Coordinating our schedules, and going through many character drafts and revisions, the final verse and pictures took about year.

If you could go back and change anything about Little Green, would you? If so, what would it be?
I always see things to change in everything I write, but I realize that you have to let things go at some point. I would love to write more chapters of Little Green’s quest, though, where he would visit other animals, and learn more animal groups, traits, and skills.

Do you have any other works published?
Yes, I wrote for film and television for many years before deciding to write a kid’s book (influenced by the school book fairs!). My first book was ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense, which won a Moonbeam Award.

How do you balance working and life with writing and promoting your work?
I finished my first book when I began training in martial arts. The lessons in mind-body-spirit are really helpful in creating balance, but also working toward goals. I hesitated training, because I didn’t think I had enough time, but found more time because of it. I find the same energy with writing. When I don’t write a lot, it’s hard to write, but when I write – letters, e-mails, stories, etc. – it is easier to write more. Of course, there’s only so many hours in a day. I would love more time to promote Little Green, but I make goals and checklists and try to get at least one thing accomplished each day or week. Sometimes it’s hard to choose between promoting my work and starting or finishing another project, but then I think about Little Green, who inspires me. When I am not sure I can get something done, I ask: “Isn’t it possible?” and I figure out a way to accomplish my next goal.

How did you get started as a writer?
Reading. And watching television! When I was growing up, there were no DVRs or on-demand. Only in my later childhood was there even video (first Sony Betamax!). When we had to go somewhere, I would get upset that I had to miss the end of a tv show. But then, I realized, I could decide how the show ended – of course, my version may not be the same as what everyone else watched, but I liked deciding how stories ended. With a lot of movies and tv shows, I still occasionally decide on different endings.

What does a typical day look like for you?
Depends on the day. That’s my answer when people ask me what I do, since I have a full-time job and two kids, although they are older now and really independent. I don’t think I have a typical day. And I hope I never do.

Are you working on any other books?
Always.

Do you have any quirky habits that you would like to share with readers?
I’m sure I do, but since they’re mine, I probably don’t see them as quirky.

If a movie is made about your life, who would play you?
Tom Hanks.

If you were stuck on an island, what five people would you want to be there with?
My wife and kids – I don’t want them stuck, mind you, but I’m considering who I would want to be with. As long as we’re together, I would be home. That leaves two other people. I’d let my kids each bring a friend. :)

If you see a spider inside your house, do you take it outside?
Only if its mother approves.

How can readers contact you or connect with you?
Visit my websites, isntitpossible.com or espete.com, or e-mail arnold@espete.com.

About the Author:
Arnold Rudnick studied film and accounting at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, then moved to Los Angeles, where he worked in feature development at Paramount Pictures and Gary Lucchesi Productions. Arnold has written for many television shows, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Star Trek: Voyager, and The New Addams Family.

His first book, ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense, won a silver medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards (2009) and Reader’s Favorite Awards (2010) and was a pick in Danny Brassell’s Lazy Readers Book Club (September 2012).
Little Green is Arnold’s first picture book. In addition to writing, Arnold works in school administration. He and his wife and children live in Los Angeles.

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Review of Little Green by Arnold Rudnick

Disclosure: I was given a copy of Little Green for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine.

My review
How do you speak to your children about accepting who they are and who others are? Arnold Rudnick’s book, Little Green, can be one tool that you use for discussions such as these.

Little Green, written by Arnold and illustrated by Marcelo Gorenman, is the story of a frog (Little Green) who wants to be special. He goes on a journey where he tries to fly like a goose, run like a horse, and swim like a koi, only to be told that it is not possible for him to do any of those things. Feeling rejected, he returns home to be taught a valuable lesson: he has to be himself first before he can realize his potential to be special.

I think this is an adorable book for children of many ages: those who cannot read but like to be read to, those who are learning to read/are reading, and those who could use reassurance that it is OK for them to be who they are. Little Green shows children that it is OK to accept each other, even if someone does not look like them or act like them, and that they can be accepted if they feel as if they are different from others.

The text is in rhyme, having a lovely cadence when read aloud. The illustrations are wonderful and vivid, and will hold a child’s attention. They also really help set the stage for the story, and the expressions of the characters convey what is happening on each page. Although many children will enjoy all aspects of this book, the author’s website, www.espete.com, indicates that the book is targeted for children ages 2 through 8.

The paperback book is 6 inches by 9 inches, so it’s easy to throw in a diaper bag or purse, and it consists of 26 pages of text, so it’s easy to carry with you and for little hands to hold. Little Green also is available electronic format.

 

What others on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com have to say about Little Green:
Little Green is a very cute story for young children. It is just the right length to keep them interested from beginning to end. The moral of the story is a good lesson for any child to learn. The illustrations are simple and not overdone, and the story has a nice flow. My 4 year old daughter loves “reading” Little Green all by herself. I recommend this book for ages 2 to 5.”

“The illustrations are amazing and the message is important and timeless. I have given this book as a gift many times and will continue doing so. Everyone (kids and adult) love the read.”

“This one of the best children’s books I’ve read in a while. Dr. Seuss is smiling down…Can’t wait to see his (Arnold Rudnick’s) next book!”

“This is a terrific book to read with your kids at bedtime or anytime for that matter. The story is relatable for young (under 7) but it also carries a message in which we adults can empathize.”

Where you can find Little Green:
Little Green can be found at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and at Arnold’s website, www.espete.com.

Please come back tomorrow to read an interview with Arnold, and, as always, please feel free to leave a comment to this post. Any comments will be shared with Arnold.

 

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