The Maggie Project: Review of The Great Snowball Escapade

The Maggie Project: Review of The Great Snowball Escapade: "The Great Snowball Escapade by J. D. Holiday; illus. by the authorPrimary Book Garden Publishing &n..."

December 12, 2010

Book Review: The Great Snowball Escapade






The Great Snowball Escapade
by J. D. Holiday;  illus. by the author
Primary     Book Garden Publishing     90 pp.
3/10     978-0981861425 $5.99
Wilhelmina, or Wil as she likes to be called, is upset.  Her cousin Bud is now living with her family and she knows that he stole her new pink pencil sharpener.  Bud denies it, but makes little effort in winning her friendship or the friendship of others.  Wil has to find a way to get along with Bud.   But a snowball fight ensues, a friend’s cat is lost, and a bully appears with a scary dog.  What more could go wrong for Wil?  J. D. Holiday delivers just the right amount of suspense to entice children to turn the pages.  Perfect for six to eight year old readers and loaded with black and white illustrations, the story shows the effect of bullying and the value of understanding another’s point of view.

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December 9, 2010

J.D. Holiday..Slices from The Great Snowball Escapade

Come take a closer look at the new release from author J.D Holiday. It is a thrill to present this book to you  before the holidays. Take a peak at the picture and paragraghs here and then grab a copy for a wonderful gift idea this holiday. The book has real life characters that kids will relate to and what better way to get them reading.

The Great Snowball Escapade
Author: J. D. Holiday
Chapter book

Synopsis:
Wilhemena Brooks’ cousin, Bud Dunphry come to live with her family. Wil, as she likes to be called, finds her pink pencil sharpener is missing after Christmas. Wil knows Bud has it! Who else would have taken it? Her mother told her to be nice to Bud and to treat him like she would like to be treated. If Wil treats Bud nicely does that change anything for her?

Here is a sample few paragraphs of this chapter book.
      The afternoon was ruined. Wil was lying on her bed looking out the window. Snow was falling again. She should be outside with her friends right now. But because of Bud she was stuck in her room.
Bud was in Jason's room. He was making pretend noises. It sounded like he was playing with cars. The car raced around crashing into things.
The pencil sharpener was on Wil's pillow. Her mother found it. It had never been used. All this time the sharpener was next to the music book on the piano. Her mother said it must have been there since her family sang carols on Christmas Day.
 Wil remembered now. She placed the sharpener on the piano while she sang

'Jingle Bells' with her brother, Jason who was home last week for the holiday.

All this time Bud did not have her sharpener. He had told the truth.

My take on it : This book is a story which includes characters who face a bully, make judgements without facts, and learn to get along together. The black and white illustrations are simple yet add some dimension to the story though the story-line stands alone. The characters are likeable and the theme is a common one amoung peers- learning to trust, get along, and compomise. Young readers will enjoy the story and leave with the satisfaction that all is not what it seems. I give the story a thumbs up. 





Author Bio (written in 3rd person): J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of two children’s books: Janoose the Goose, picture book and a chapter book for six to nine year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE. A chapbook of her short stories called, Trespasses was published in 1994 and she has had short stories printed in literary magazines and numerous articles about writing and publishing published.  She is a member of both The Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, (SCBWI) and Small Publishers of North America, (SPAN.)  J.D. Holiday lives in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania.

The Great Snowball Escapade BOOK GIVEAWAY & interview with ME, JD Holiday!

The Great Snowball Escapade by J.D. Holiday; published by Book Garden Publishing, 2010.
Win a free, autographed copy of this book! Read on for details!

My thoughts…from Librarian, Nancy Messmore!


The Great Snowball Escapade is an entertaining read for emergent readers that includes a lesson about compassion and judging others. Because of that lesson, I would suggest that teachers in first through third grade use this as a read-aloud in class. In addition, the author recommends this book for children ages 6-8. I think a set of these books would be appropriate in second grade classrooms for group assignments and discussion. Public libraries might consider including a box of these books for loan to schools. As a librarian, I would add this book to pathfinders about bullying and friendship.
Aside from the lesson inherent in the story, I always had a hard time finding winter-themed chapter books that kids wanted to read after the holidays when I worked in an elementary school library. This book fits the bill perfectly for a display of snowy books that early elementary students will want to read.
By the way, J.D. Holiday also illustrated the book. For early chapter book readers, illustrations not only break up the text (nice transition from picture books) but provide context clues for the story. Holiday’s illustrations work very well with the text.
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For more information about J.D. Holiday’s World of Ink Tour, visit http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/J_D_Holiday_WorldofInkTour.aspx

Utah Children's Writers: Getting to Know Author & Illustrator J.D. Holiday

MY Appearance on Utah Children's Writers!

ALSO TOMORROW!
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CONTACT: VS Grenier

Owner & Founder, Stories for Children Publishing, LLC

Email: VSGrenier@storiesforchildrenpublishing.com

Phone: 435-625-1743



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J.D Holiday Guest Author on RRRadio-RFK: Stories for Children –December 6th



Come listen in at RRRadio’s newest show, RFK: Stories for Children as the hosts (VS Grenier, D.M. Cunningham and Tiffany Strelitz Haber) chat with J.D. Holiday about her newest book “The Great Snowball Escapade,” and what it has been like doing the World of Ink Author/Book Virtual Tour. J.D. Holiday will also be sharing writing tips, trials and tribulations of the writer’s life.



The show will be live at 11am MST (10am PST, Noon Central and 1pm EST). You can tune in at the RRRadio’s site at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio or you can listen/call in at (646) 595-4478.


In addition, Stories for Children Publishing will be touring J.D. Holiday’s book, “The Great Snowball Escapade,” all month long. Make sure to stop by and interact with both the hosts and J.D. Holiday at the different stops by leaving a comment and/or question. Both will be checking-in throughout the tour.



J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of two children’s books: Janoose the Goose, picture book and a chapter book for six to eight year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE. A chapbook of her short stories called, Trespasses was published in 1994 and she has had short stories printed in literary magazines and numerous articles about writing and publishing published. She is a member of The Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, (SCBWI) and Small Publishers of North America, (SPAN).



Not only will you have the opportunity to meet Holiday, but this will be the perfect time to meet and learn about the hosts VS Grenier, D.M. Cunningham and Tiffany Strelitz Haber, and their new show on RRRadio-RFK: Stories for Children and their exciting writing careers, along with Stories for Children Publishing and its many divisions.

The Writing Mama: Interview Friday with J.D. Holiday

The Writing Mama: Interview Friday with J.D. Holiday

December 3, 2010

Interview Friday with J.D. Holiday


J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of two children’s books: Janoose the Goose,picture book and a chapter book for six to eight year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE. A chapbook of her short stories called, Trespasses was published in 1994 and she has had short stories printed in literary magazines and numerous articles about writing and publishing published.  She is a member of both The Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, (SCBWI) and Small Publishers of North America, (SPAN.)  J.D. Holiday lives in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania.

VS: I want to thank you for being my guest here on The Writing Mama today. It is so exciting because you are my first World of Ink Tour Guest. It’s been a fun couple of days and the tour is only getting started.

Okay, so I know your children are grown and out of the house, but I’m sure you’ve had to balance your writing life around them at one time or another. I know being a parent and writer can be hard and I find myself asking if I giving my three children enough attention throughout the day. I am sure you have been in my shoes from time to time maybe with grandchildren.

So to start here is the first question, how many children/grandchildren do you have and what are their ages?

JD: Thank you, Virginia. I'm so glad to be here!

I have one daughter, who is thirty-eight so I don't have to give her that much attention, but it's my grandson, Luke who is five that I watch while my daughter and son-in-law work.

I do find myself, while watching Luke, spending a little too much time on the computer typing. I do try and catch myself. So I know what you mean.

VS: I have to be careful as well now that I have a young baby, soon to be toddler in the house. I use to be able to put her in her playpen and just take that hour to work. But now with her starting to walk . . . I have to catch myself as well.

So J.D. how long have you been writing?

JD: It's about 30 years now. A friend asked me to help her write a book she was working on. I did and went we were done with it, I started writing one of my own. Once in a while, I would stop for a few months and then get back to it.

VS: Funny how sometime you just fall into a writing career. Well, we’re glad your friend asked you to help her with a book because you have written two really great books since.

Okay, since you take short breaks from writing, what is a typical writing day like for you?

JD: I write and paint my children's books so some of my days can be spent between writing and the artwork. I spend about 2 to 4 hours a day doing one or the other, or both.

VS: Wow, you not only write, but do the artwork as well. I’m not that talented and I don’t think my readers would like my stick people too much. So is your family supportive of your writing?

JD: Yes. They didn't always, but it's been going on so long now that it is now a way of life for us all.

VS: I understand completely. My hubby still calls my writing a hobby from time to time.  Do you consider yourself a born writer?

JD: No, but I was conditioned by watching my father write his stories and typing away on his typewriter every weekend all my childhood.

VS: That’s wonderful you had your fathers as an example. What was the first thing you ever had published?

JD: I sure can. It was short story basic on a loved neighbor of mine who had to decide if she could stay in her own home once she she could not take care of it by herself. In the story a new feline friend and some of her human friends make it an easy discussion. The short story was called, 'Where The Heart Is,' and it was  publishing in a literary magazine called Legacy in 1992.

VS: That is wonderful. Okay so what do you enjoy most about writing?

JD: The accomplishment I feel after completing all I set out to do in a story.

VS: I really like that. You’re the first to give this answer. Okay, so what is the best writing advice you ever received?

JD: That would be, Edit, Edit and Edit. A writer must learn to do it mostly themselves
or find or hire an editor to do it for them. It is not only important to catch spelling and grammar errors but you can clean up story problems as well that could stand in the way of a great story.

VS: I couldn’t agree more with you and if you’re not good with editing, I would suggest paying for a freelance editor then.

Now J.D. what would we be surprised to learn about you?

JD: That I was probably dyslexic as a child. I don't believe they knew about it. For many years writing and spelling were difficult. In school reading was a major problem. I found, early on, that if I listened in class and could remember then I could pass a test. I could not pass a test with studying at home or just reading chapters.

VS: Wow, I wouldn’t have guessed that. I think it’s great you’re not letting being dyslexic as a child stop you from writing like some would have.

J.D. what tips can you give writing parents with children at home to help them see publication?

JD: Use what writing time they have wisely. In those moments when they are "alone" on occasion, they should spend some of it researching their market and the publishing route they should take.

VS: J.D, I want to thank you for taking the time to share with my readers about being a writing mama.

JD: You are welcome, Virginia. Thank you so much for having me on today.


You can learn more about J.D. Holiday and her book “The Great Snowball Escapade” athttp://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/J_D_Holiday_WorldofInkTour.aspx


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