Monday, January 30, 2012

Book Review of Smarty Pig

Smarty Pig  

Author:  Molly Nero

Illustrator:  Monique Turchan

Genre:  Picture Book

Published:  December 2011

Publisher: Halo Publishing, Int.

ISBN Number: 978-1-61244-048-4

The school year has started, but the pigs have given up and don’t do their homework, except Smarty Pig who is working hard. When the others fail, she becomes their tutor. By creating games in their home that practice skills, Smarty Pig shows them that learning is fun and not just for school, it’s for life.

Smarty Pig is a rhyming picture book with a wonderful message for children.  By reading this book, children will learn the importance of doing their homework and of doing well in school.

The red haired piggy is a very studious student, while the other piggies would rather goof off by watching TV and playing outside.  While the other piggies backpacks lay scattered on the floor, the red haired piggy is busy working on her homework.  The other piggies even tease her, calling her names like “Smarty Pig” and “Teacher’s Pet,” but she ignores them all, continuing on with her studies.

When report cards come home, all the other piggies are sad, but not the red haired piggy.  While the others got F’s for all of their subjects, the red haired piggy got A’s.  The other piggies finally realize they must change their non studying ways.

The red haired piggy agrees to tutor them so that they can all get better grades.  She tutors them in math and science, showing the other piggies that learning can be fun.

This is a book where children can learn, in a fun way, the importance of doing their homework.  This book would be a wonderful addition to any school library, classroom, or home library. 

The colorful, full page illustrations do a wonderful job of helping complete the story.

Molly Nero grew up in Texas loving to sing, dance, and read. She spent over 18 years teaching elementary school. Reading to her own children, she was inspired to write. Molly Nero recently moved to Pennsylvania where she resides with her family, 2 dogs, and a leopard spotted Gecko and enjoys writing, cooking, and making snowmen. 

The second book in the Smarty Pig book series Smarty Pig and the Test Taking Terror releases in Spring 2012.


Facebook:  Molly Costen Nero

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Grand OPENING Tour Stops

Monday, January 23rd was the kickoff of the Grand OPENING Tour.  Be sure to visit each of the blogs on the tour. OPENING is the second book in the trilogy written by Stephen Tremp.

January 23 - Arlee Bird  Tossing It Out
January 30th - M Pax  
Wistful Nebulae
February 6th - Alex Cavanaugh  
Alex Cavanaugh
February 10 - Hilary Melton-Butcher 
Hilary Melton-Butcher
February 14 - Rachna Chhabria 
Rachna’s Scriptorium
February 15 - Melissa Bradley 
Melissa’s Imaginarium
February 17 - Lydia Kang 
The Word is my Oyster
February 20 - L. Diane Wolfe 
Spunk on a Stick
February 22 -  Ciara Knight 
Writing to the Edge of Darkness
February 24 - Sia Mckye 
Sia McKye Over Coffee
February 27 - Susanne Drazic  PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER
March 2 - Talli Roland  I Drink Coffee. Then I Write. Then I Drink Wine

March 5 - The Golden Eagle  The Eagle's Aerial Perspective
March 8 - Shannon Lawrence 
The Warrior Muse
March 12 - Jemi Fraser 
Just Jemi
March 19 - Jenny Pearson  The Pearson Report
March 21 - Misha Gericke 
My First Book

Stephen Tremp is the author of BREAKTHROUGH and OPENING.  He is working on the third book in the trilogy, which is titled ESCALATION.

** I have updated the tour schedule to reflect new blogs being added as tour stops.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

This and That Links 2

My post last week was on the goals/resolutions I set for myself for 2012.  Check out this link to a blog post titled "Forget Resolutions Go For Real Solutions."  I thought it was pretty cool.

Here is a giveaway at JGDS that I just learned about today.

Blogging From A to Z Challenge is in April 2012.  For details on when to sign up, where to sign up and any other details about the challenge, check out the following link.  I've decided to give it a shot this year.  Should be LOTS of fun.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Did You Set Any Goals or Resolutions for 2012?

The following are my goals/resolutions:

1. Work on my health by eating healthier, losing weight, and exercising.
2. Declutter my home by eliminating unnecessary items and simplifying how things are done.
3. Take classes and workshops, pertaining to all aspects of writing, whenever possible.
4. Read at least one book a week.
5. Write something everyday.
6. Submit at least one piece of writing per month.  More than once a month would be better!
7. Try to do a better job of keeping up with my blog reading.

Did you set any goals or resolutions for 2012?


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