Friday, December 28, 2012

Rhymes With Wiggle, Volume 2

Jake Dog Stories is happy to announce our newest children's book, Rhymes With Wiggle, Volume 2.

This book includes 12 original poems and each has a corresponding illustration. We specialize in Silly Poems and all of these poems are targeted to your funny bone.

If you follow our blog you may be thinking, "Wait a minute, these are already on their blog!" Not so fast, you bright yet somewhat aggressive reader. Three of the poems included in this book are new. They have never been published on our blog. One of the new poems is about a pet pig, one is about jumping in puddles, and the other new poem is about all of the emotions kids feel.

Also, many of the illustrations for poems that have been on our blog have been updated.  When we publish a poem on our blog, we usually jot out a quick illustration. When we publish we replace many of those quick sketches with a more detailed illustration.

This is the first book we have published where the entire book is ereader formatted. You can change the size of the text. The longer poems may carry over to two pages, but the page breaks will remain constant. With each book we get a little more comfortable with our CSS coding skills and we think this is our best looking book yet, but of course you are the judge that matters. Let us know what you think.

So, here is the cover. It is also the illustration for "The Jumper" a poem about a child who strikes fear in the hearts of puddles. Go ahead, click on it to see the book on Amazon!

We hope you enjoy our latest book.  Leave us a comment, or even better, a review on Amazon if you have extra time burning in your pocket watch.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I Hope It Snows - A Silly Poem

It's raining now, but I want snow.
I want to sled. I want to skate.
 I want snowballs I can throw.

Rain is boring and can only flow.
I like a fluffy precipitate.
I like to look out and watch it grow.

Some complain, some bellow,
"No snow! I'll be late!"
"No snow! I'll need a tow!"

But I love to watch it swirl and blow.
I hope it starts. I can't wait.
I hope it lasts. We need some snow.

Copyright CM Dixon Dec 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wiggly, Giggly, Story Time - A Silly Poem

It's time to snuggle up and rest awhile,
To have silly dreams with a drowsy smile.

Sit on my lap and we'll read some books.
The ones that cause you goofy looks.

Sleep takes longer when you are wiggling,
But I always have time to hear you giggling.

Copyright CM Dixon Dec., 2012

Read to your kids! If you like this poem please take a look at our first Silly Poem book, available on Amazon. Click here to see it.  Thanks!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Picture Book Memories

What takes you back in time? Is there a smell that reminds you of your childhood home? A food that melts away the years? A song that you hear and suddenly your mind goes back to high school or college?

Each of us have a handful of special things that drive those happy memories. One of the things that takes us back more than anything is;

"What did Santa leave for Baby? Let's go in and see."

That is the first page of Baby's Christmas, a classic children's picture book. This book was a favorite at our house when our kids were babies. If you are a parent, or spend time with little ones, you have those certain books that almost always quiet them down. If they are tired and cranky, those are the books you read as you rock, helping them quiet themselves.

This is one of those books. Our kids loved it so much we ended up memorizing the words. We could both read this with our eyes closed, turning the pages as we recited it. There is something about the rhyme, the choice of words, the pictures, and the excitement of Christmas that works together to soothe.

So, every once in awhile something will remind us of this book. If we see a little one around Christmas time that isn't happy, "What did Santa leave for Baby? Let's go in and see," pops into our heads. 

These memories are what make us fans of picture books. When we decided to start writing and illustrating, Baby's Christmas, was one of the books that inspired us.  We aren't in the same league as Esther and Eloise Wilkin, the author and illustrator of Baby's Christmas, but we hope to one day write a book like this. One that a parent memorizes because it becomes a favorite. One that soothes when a little one is having a bad day.

Our latest picture book is, Cars and Trucks Around My Town.  We are on a blog hop that begins Dec. 7 (see details below). As part of this blog hop we will be giving away a Kindle ecopy of our book.  Just leave a comment including your email address and we will draw one lucky winner. There is also a Grand Prize, and your entry here enters you for that prize as well. Good luck, and don't forget to visit the other authors listed below taking part in the blog hop!

Click on the picture below to purchase our new book!

Grand Prize Giveaway!

As part of the Kid's Books Holiday Blog Hop we are giving away a $30 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog along with your email address and you will be in the running to win. You can enter on all of the blogs – that will give you multiple chances to win!
The Giveaway starts 12/7/12 and ends 12/10/12 at midnight. I will notify the winner on 12/11/12 after noon. Good luck!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Cookies - A Silly Poem

Today is special because we're making,
Christmas cookies! Lets get baking.

Mixing the dough takes about an hour,
Creaming the butter, sifting the flour.

Smell the vanilla, add eggs after beating.
It won't be long and soon we'll be eating.

While the dough is chilling and the oven heats.
We cover the table with our cookie sheets.

Now the fun part can really begin,
As we cut out the shapes again and again.

I like the snowman, the star, and the sleigh.
You seem content to make Santa all day.

Don't forget the reindeer, bells, and trees.
No more Santas! Try a new shape please.

Sprinkling and sugaring makes them shine.
Leave some plain, I like frosting on mine.

Done at last. The perfect holiday treat.
So pretty to look at, but better to eat.

Copyright CM Dixon Dec. 2012