Thursday, October 21, 2010

Your mission, should you choose to accept...

The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third GradeIf you think The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade is fun, would you be willing to do one of the following tasks to help me spread the word?

The following tasks are all free and would take five minutes or less. If you're willing to pick one and do it,I'd be forever grateful and you'll be entered into a GRAND PRIZE drawing where you can win The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade gift pack! Each mission you choose to accept, gives you an extra entry into the drawing to win this... (a tote bag, t-shirt, bug jar craft kit, bookmark, postcard, magnet, and autographed hardcover copy!)

And the missions, should you choose to accept are...


If your library takes online acquisitions suggestions, you could email them with this text or just bring the following information and ask in person:

Dear Acquisitions Librarian:

I would like to suggest a book for purchase by our library. Here’s the book information.

The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade
written by Lori Calabrese
illustrated by Chet Taylor
Dragonfly Publishing, Inc., 2010
ages 4 to 8,
Color Hardcover ISBN#: 1-936381-04-4
Color Paperback ISBN #: 1-936381-05-2
About the book: Hoping to win the upcoming Bug-A-Fair, Matt pries a strange bug off the grille of his Dad's car. But as the fair nears, Matt catches a different kind of bug: a cold. Will Matt become student of the year or will he create a third grade epidemic?

Thanks very much for considering my request.


If you like the book, adding a Customer Review would be great. These don't have to be long or involved! Just a couple of sentences about why you liked the book.

For Amazon, go here.
Scroll down and click on Create your own review.

For Barnes & Noble, go here.
Click on Write a review (which is right next to the cover image).

Let me know which mission(s) you chose in the comments section below along with your email (if it's not included in your Blogger profite), so I can contact you if you win. For each mission, you'll automatically be entered in a drawing to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade GIFT PACK.

Contest ends November 30th! U.S. entries only.

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Lines that didn't make it into the book

Want to read some lines that didn't make it into the book? It's hard for a writer to tear herself away from certain lines and I wish I could have included these, but when you factor in page count, and the amount of words to a page, etc...  something had to go. And frankly, I think that's one of the hardest aspects of writing a picture book--telling a great story in so few words

Can you guess where these lines would have been in the book? (Answer below)

Matt stared at the bug’s bright emerald green eyes
and transparent wings. He measured its size.

No doubt, this bug was certainly unique.
Its metallic green body, smooth and sleek.

The yellow stripes could help Matt detect,
study and uncover this distinct insect.

(Answer: These lines originally appeared after the text on page 4 and before the text on page 5)