Growing up one of my favorite books was a Charlie Brown story about happiness called, Happiness is a Warm Puppy. Every page started, "Happiness is..." and finished with a metaphor. "Happiness is a thumb and a blanket," and Linus would appear cuddling his blanket on the facing page. I must have read that simple book a thousand times, and then would think, "What's my happiness?" The summer breeze coming in my window, or a perfect winter snow angel?
Well, today my happiness came in the form of an email from my editor at Atheneum Books! The amazingly wonderful (and wonderfully amazing) Reka Simonsen shared a link to my FIRST EVER REVIEW! And it held no rotten tomatoes, only praise. And even better, it was...
A Starred Review from Publishers' Weekly!
Seriously?!? A starred review! PW was the first - back in the 1970s - to use starred reviews to "indicate books of exceptional merit" (so says Wikipedia), and my first book, Halloween Good Night, now has one! The review itself has warm-fuzzy-making phrases like,
Grabill makes an oft-adapted rhyme feel utterly fresh, thanks to some excellent vocabulary choices and the funny exchanges between monsters young and old.
And of course praise for Ella's "cuddle worthy" artwork, closing with, "the book captures the mischievous fun of Halloween, without the accompanying terror."
Read the entire Publishers' Weekly review for Halloween Good Night here.
Yes, I managed to collect the corniest yet entirely appropriate jokes available. I added them to my book release goodie bags, but I'm sure they'd go over with a groan at any Halloween occasion. And here they are for you! Forty jokes in total on five printable pages. Enjoy!
Way back in July I was arranging events to welcome Halloween Good Night into the world, but it didn't occur to me then that all the great plans I made meant I'd actually have to do things and go places. At 32 weeks pregnant, as a homeschooling mama of five already, this doing and going get complicated.
My first book release included another first: the first piece of fan art I've received! After the reading and food and crafts, one sweet girl came to get her book signed, and to show me the ADORABLE picture she'd colored and decorated (one of the coloring pages available here). She agreed to allow me to share it (her mom, too), so here it is!
Just in time for Halloween crafting fun, here are ten FREE finger puppets, printer-ready, just waiting for little fingers and the accompanying book, Halloween Good Night by Rebecca Grabill (me). In fact, there's the link to purchase (affiliate), or check it out from your library!
The release party for my first book happened just over a week ago now, and it was crazy! Crazy busy, crazy fun, crazy full of awesome people. A week (and a bit) later, I'm still glowing.
Here's the official full event list. Share it all. With ALL the people. I want to pack out every venue!
What's more fun than dressing up on October 31st and filling a bag with treats? Slime! Piñatas! Crafts! Fun! From all around the web, I've curated my favorite Halloween crafts for preschoolers to early elementary, each to go along with the picture book, Halloween Good Night. Without further introduction, let's get some BOO! on!
For Immediate Release (This is my press release!)
Counting With Globsters: Halloween Good Night is A Sweet and Not-So-Scary Educational Picture Book
July 25, 2017 Atheneum Books releases Halloween Good Night by Rebecca Grabill of Ada, Michigan
I've shared a handful of coloring pages, so now for even more fun! Below find a Vampire Dot-to-Dot and a Draw Your Own Ghoul page! I would LOVE to see your finished Ghouls. Feel free to share them on Instagram with the hashtag #halloweengoodnight or on my Facebook page. A few may show up as featured images on my website! (With your permission, of course.)
I could almost die from the cuteness of these finger puppets! To think, an adorable zombie? A cute-as-a-button vampire? All the creatures in my book, Halloween Good Night, in finger-puppet form. Perfect craft and plaything for preschoolers!