Saturday, July 28, 2012

Summer Poem and Free Book Event!

Sunday July 28, our newest picture book is FREE on Amazon! To help you decide if you think it is a good fit for your little ones, here is the text of the book. If you like the poem then pick up the illustrated book on Amazon for free.

Hope everyone is having a great Summer!

Here is the Amazon link for the book, or you can click on the title under "Our Books"

Summer Day, Let's Play!

When the days are longer and the sun is hotter,
It's time to play outside in the water.
We can go to the beach. We can visit the pool.
Or splash in the sprinklers to keep ourselves cool.

We can play baseball and get a base hit.
We might catch a pop fly in our new mitt.
Tennis or soccer could be a ball.
We have the whole summer to try them all.

A picnic in the park will taste great.
Hot dogs and burgers to fill our plate.
The neighbors will bring their favorite dishes.
Baked beans, chicken, brownies, and knishes.

On 4th of July night the sky will be bright,
When fireworks take flight to bring us delight!
We'll cover our ears when the big ones go boom,
And say ooooh with the crowd when the squiggly ones zoom.

We can till up the garden and fill it with plants.
The ground is alive with earthworms and ants!
Nothing is better than a home grown tomato.
We can mound up the dirt and plant a potato.

Our family might take a cross country vacation.
We can leave from the airport or the train station.
We can also have fun without going too far.
There are great things to do right here where we are!

We could visit the zoo and see the bears,
Or go to a farm and pick our own pears.
There's a free concert tonight at the park.
We can play flashlight tag once it gets dark.

Summertime is the best time of the year.
We eat outside and munch corn off the ear.
We can sleep in late and forget to remember,
That the days will get shorter again in September.

Copywrite CM Dixon June 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

European Vacation - A Silly Poem

If I were German I'd eat a brot,
And probably say "Nein" a lot.

If I were French I'd sit and chat,
At a cafe about this and that.

If I were Spanish I'd have dinner late,
And eat small things from a little plate.

If I were Italian I'd have bowls of pasta.
It would keep coming until I said "Basta!"

If I were British I'd drink tea with a biscuit,
Then join the  boys for a game of cricket.

But I'm not from any of these places.
So someday maybe I'll pack my suitcases,

And travel around trying new things,
To see what fun each morning brings.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

An Invitation - A Silly Poem

I have a castle with a murky moat,
And archers guarding on the wall.
If you cross they'll sink your boat,
And alligators will start to maul.

I have boiling oil ready to tip,
And lions who feast on strangers.
I hired a giant who can snap a whip,
And there are other hidden dangers.

I would love for you to come for tea.
Please call first, best not surprise me.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Library Card - A Silly Poem

Today I got my own library card,
And the librarian read these rules to me.
Don't lose books or you will be barred.
Don't tear pages or you will owe money.

Don't fold the pages, use this bookmark.
Don't strain your eyes reading in the dark.
Don't check out more than you can read.
Don't flip fast.  Paper cuts might bleed.

Don't run in the library. Absolutely no speeding.
Don't eat over books, separate reading and feeding.
Don't put books near roasters or toasters.
Don't set drinks on them they aren't coasters.

Don't bend them over or the binding will break.
Don't let your pets near them for goodness sake.
Don't even think of writing your name on the flap.
Don't use them as pillows when you take a nap.

Don't read them outside in the rain or snow.
Don't stop reading, no matter how much you know.
Don't lend them, for that you need a degree.
Don't worry about asking, we'll help happily.

Today I got my own library card.
Books of all types to check out freely,
But who knew it would be so hard.
To remember the rules at the library.

Copywrite CM Dixon July 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Can You Really Call This a Picture Book?

I came across an article while wandering about the Internet today.  The Internet quote said it was about a popular picture book in Japan.  We write the occasional picture book (shameless promotion) so it caught my eye.  The book is called Ehon Jigoku which translates to Bad Kids Go To Hell.

If you have read our blog you know we like silly and funny picture books and at first I thought this was probably some type of dark humor. Nope. Just a book that tells kids if they are bad they will go to Hell.  Unbelievable.  Apparently this book is very popular in Asia and has sold over 100,000 copies.  Poor little kids.  Below is a link to a story about it and in it one parent is quoted saying, "My kids cry every time they see the illustrations, but for some unfathomable reason, they say they want to see them again and ask me to read the book to them."

Oh yes, the illustrations.  Snappy little drawings of children being dismembered and other horrible things.

The author says he wrote the book to make sure kids think about death and don't waste their lives.

We get the whole "different cultures" thing. We normally think it is a great idea to use books to discuss difficult topics with little ones, but this seems a bit much.

What do you think?  Would you read Bad Kids Go To Hell to your kids?

Link to article.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I Enjoy Freedom - An Independence Day Poem

July 4th is Independence Day in the United States. We owe much of our freedom to the service men and women of all free nations.  So yes, today we remember American Independence, but there are men and women serving from free nations all around the world.  They preserve our independence each and every day of the year.

We normally write Silly Poems, but there is nothing silly about the danger those brave people face each day to protect our way of life.  

I enjoy my freedom because of others.
Young men and women who leave their mothers.

They answer the call. They volunteer,
And go face danger to save us here.

When others hide and when others flee.
They advance by air, ground, and sea.

To protect free nations from despotism,
And today we celebrate their heroism.

Copywrite CM Dixon July 2012